Studying Abroad

My biggest life goal at the moment is to study abroad. Nothing excites me more. Spending several months overseas in a place that you get to choose and you get to go to a new school and still get the credits for the school that you are attending back home. I don’t think it gets more awesome than that. I would love to study abroad right now, but I’m only a high school senior. In my recent post I talked about taking a gap year and I think that may be the best thing for me at the moment. But for right now I want to write about all the pros to studying abroad. Of course, there are cons but I hate debbie downers so I’m not going to talk about them!!

This is me…… not literally. I’m not the baby in the picture. This would be my facial expression. Not good at English nor Spanish.

When I study abroad I want to go to a Spanish speaking country. I’m not terrible at Spanish but I’m also not a fluent native speaker either so I already know that this is going to be me once I’m there for a couple days.

There are countless reasons why studying abroad is a good idea. The list would probably go on for forever. At least when I’m writing because I honestly see no cons to it!

For one, you get to see the world. You get to experience new ideas, cultures, activities, and natural wonders of that country. The coolest part about studying abroad is that you’re not limited to just the country that you are studying in. You can visit the neighboring countries. So yes, you are studying in an amazing and new foreign country but you get to also visit and see new countries as well.

When studying abroad think about all the new things that you’re getting to experience. You get to try new foods, traditions, and a new social atmosphere for creating and keeping new relationships. You also have to think about what you can teach other people about your home country, customs, traditions, and language. As you are excited to learn new things about the country you are studying in, the people in that country will flock and attach to you to learn new things from your country as well!

Studying abroad is also an amazing idea for new career opportunities. It looks great on applications and resumes. You have a willingness to learn new things and new ideas so you are attractive for future employers. Not only that, before you get locked down at a 9-5 job you should take the opportunity to explore the world. You won’t be locked down and studying abroad will give you an experience unlike anything else.

I can’t wait to start planning where I’m going to study!!

I’m a Beach Girl

If any of you actually read my posts then you can tell that I am such a beach girl. If I go on vacation to somewhere that isn’t the beach I get a little upset. Is that bad? In my head I’m like, “I belong on the beach”….

This is my moto.. if anyone makes me upset I say “beach please”. Sorry that’s inappropriate but I need to remember that I don’t to waste my time on people when I could just be at the beach. The beach has gotten me through a lot to be honest… I never feel depressed or anxious while I’m at the beach. There is something about it, it’s calming and brings me peace. The waves crashing against the shore have that sound that bring me new emotions and feelings. When I’m at the beach I feel connected with the water, the bright sand & sun, and all the animals that come with it. I’m connected to a deeper meaning. Nature. Living and nonliving. The palm trees have a beauty that is apart of me. I love the beach. The beach will forever be my first love.

“When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

You never feel bothered at the beach. There could be numerous people around you and you would feel like you were the only one there. The beach gives me opportunities I never thought were possible. When I stand and face the waters and look out at the horizon I feel like I can achieve anything. Who thought a body of water would be someone’s biggest motivator?

Getting my daily dose of Vitamin D at the beach will keep me happy. I’m kind of like the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Except for me, it’s being out in the sun at the beach. I feel healthy and motivated when I’m out in the sun. It’s rejuvenating. It’s funny though, I don’t like being in the sun at home because it’s too hot and there is nothing to do except bake in the sun and there are no gorgeous views to look at. But… when I’m at the beach, it’s a different story. I will be outside from 9AM to 5PM.

The ocean is my own personal mediation device. I am me when I am at the sea. My emotions flee and my head becomes clear. I believe that the ocean speaks to us, and with how we look at it, the ocean could resemble a deeper meaning. The ocean is what we want it to be.

I hope one day you understand the deeper meaning of mother nature and the beauty of a beach. It’s my place, my happy place. I love it.

 

Planning Lodging for a Tropical Vacation

So, I want to tell you guys about some good ideas for going on a tropical vacation. Since, if many of you read my blogs you know that the tropical route is my cup of tea.

I mean, planning a vacation is tricky and there a lot of things you need to do before you can just hop on a plane and take off. There is the airfare, transportation, food, lodging, etc. I think one of the most stressful parts is figuring out where to stay and what a good bang for buck would be.

I am a huge advocate of all-inclusive hotels! Trust me, they will honestly change your life. You get the best of the best where ever you go. However, everything is already paid for in advance. Food, lodging, airfare, transportation, etc! You get all you can eat food and drinks 24/7 because it’s free…. well… technically you paid for it. Let me tell you, it is a weird feeling eating at a restaurant and getting up and leaving without paying or leaving a tip. It makes your vacation a lot more enjoyable and laid back because you don’t need to worry about money and how much to save for the rest of your trip. All-inclusive resorts are extremely affordable as well! When we went to Mexico for a week it was $1,200 a person… and when you really think about it, it is a great deal.

All-inclusive resorts are honestly the best. I mean look at that! You get gorgeous views, unlimited access to the pools and beaches, and you’re basically stuck on your very own tropical island. It really doesn’t get much better then this. Don’t even get me started on all the accommodations that come with an all-inclusive resort.

Another way to go is renting a home or condo through someone at your destination. There are a lot of great apps and websites like AirBnb, VRBO, and many more! I have never done this before so I can’t talk much about it but I think they would be great. I’m not sure if I would like them parse because I like having people to interact with and having things to do and I think you would be very limited at a vacation rental. However, they would be very spacious and nice for a big group of vacationers.

GO ALL-INCLUSIVE GUYS!!! YOU WON’T REGRET IT!

Gap Year

Like in my earlier posts, college is a difficult thing for me at the moment. I have no idea where the right places to go for me are. How will I know unless I try? but trying something and hating it is the worst. I mean I thought I figured it out and was planning on doing one year at a local community college and then transferring to a 4-year institute in my state. I was going to do the 2-2 program but after talking with my counselor she said for what I want to go in to it would be better for me to do one year and then transfer. So once again, my plans getting jumbled up. But, this is not the purpose of this post.

One of my friends at my high school is taking a “gap year” and is volunteering in Norway. Another friend, is riding her horse across Europe before going to college. I never really thought about doing a gap year because I mean every one always told me to go straight to college after you graduate high school. It might not be a bad idea though. I think gap years could help a student find who they really are and let them discover new things about themselves. I mean, I’m sure you guys can already tell where I want to go right? Mexico. Easy. However, I don’t know where to start? Do I just google gap year programs or volunteering in Mexico? Do I talk to my counselor? Who knows…..

According to Suzy Strutner, a lifestyle writer with the Huffington Post states that students who take a gap year between high school and college are living life to the fullest compared to students who don’t.

3. You’ll get to adventure at your prime.
When else are you going to be 18 years old with no job, no mortgage payments, no significant other, no kids, no homework and no worries? Never. The answer is never.

4. You’ll know what’s important in life before most people do.
College is ridiculously fun, but it’s easy to get so caught up that you begin to believe your fraternity or friend group is the absolute center of the universe. As such, any small crisis might seem like the end of the world. However, if you’ve traveled the wider world in all its complexity and glory, you’ll understand there are bigger issues for humanity than a failed date night or lost game of beer pong.

This were only a few that stuck out to me. When I traveled to Mexico for a week on vacation I came back to the states a different person. I was humble and I realized the deeper meaning of life and it’s purpose. The things that you think matter really don’t and it’s the small things that creates a person’s happiness. I will be 18 turning 19 and it would be the perfect age to go explore. I don’t have to be accountable for much except for myself. I want to study abroad of course during my college time but I think doing something before will prepare me for the adventures in my future.

If I’m not ready now, to go to college.. why not go somewhere and spend a year helping others and exploring new things and finding new things about myself. I think that would prepare me for things in college than anything else. I would retain more knowledge and I would find what I loved to do before I started taking classes during college. Life is unfolding too quickly for me right now… I think I need some time to think. Some time to explore and experience new possibilities.

Why Airports Feed My Soul

Many people find that airports are stressful and time consuming. Which yes, indeed they are… but many people including myself find that airports are actually good therapy. Who doesn’t love that feeling of being able to go to a new city or state or even country that they have never been to before. And be able to experience something completely new and different, that’s an amazing feeling!!

I think the most fun part is when you’re traveling alone and you get to wander around the massive place and waste your money in the Duty Free shop ALL ALONE! No one is bothering you and you get to do what you choose and be free. I think finding your gate is the second best part because you are in a hurry and you are full of excitement and once you find it everything becomes more real and you are about to go on an amazing trip and be able to escape your everyday life.

Dealing with anxiety, many people would find it confusing that I love airports so much. They are busy and loud and nerve-racking and they don’t seem like the place for a person dealing with anxiety. However, I find them extremely therapeutic because I have a deep passion for traveling. No one knows me and no one knows where I am going and I get to people watch and see where all these thousands upon thousands of people are going and I have no clue why. It’s absolutely fascinating. Is it for work? Do you travel often? How many airports have you been to? Vacation? Visiting family? No one has any idea why a person is leaving their everyday life to hop on an airplane and go to a new city. When you are in an airport you get to see different people of different race, ethnicity, and cultural background. You get to seek out what a person is truly like when you see them at an airport.

According to Alex Brueckner, airports symbolize new beginnings and long-awaited endings, arrivals and departures, and many hellos and goodbyes. You get a numerous different emotions while entering and exiting an airport.

I love the sounds in an airport. I like the sounds of baggage wheels clacking on the moving sidewalk, a boarding pass being torn off, and my passport being stamped. All of those are comforting reminders that I am either almost home or soon to be somewhere new and exciting.