It has been quite some time since I updated my blog. I have been unsure whether to leave it just as my teaching abroad blog or to add to it with my everyday immeasurable blessings. No matter what I decide, I know one this is certain; the year 2012 has drastically changed my life for the better!
In early February, I was contestant number 7 in a scholarship pageant at my school, the University of Florida. We were about a week away from the pageant when we got bad news that it was cancelled. This was absolutely devastating to me! I have never been in a pageant before so I was very excited. I put countless hours into my presentation, walk, smile, talent, and interview answers.
Although we were never able to have the pageant, I am very proud of the fact that I did not let this negative experience defeat me. I saw it as a stepping stone into something better. I took the knowledge that I gained from the pageant (confidence, assurance, poise, vocal clarity, charity etc) and found an opportunity that seemed too good to be true: the UF in Beijing Chinese Commerce and Culture Program. I took the skills that I gained from the pageant to put towards my interview. Only eight students were chosen out of an application pool of about 52 students; I was proud to be one of the eight.
I then embarked on an experience of a lifetime where I made new friends from all over the world, tried new foods, learned a new language, and really immersed myself into the culture. I came out so much stronger, independent, wiser, and more excited about my future. This feeling has never left me and it has led me to countless high’s: 2 internships, a campus desk job, all A’s and one B in the fall semester, a successful semester presiding the UF AMA, and an exciting social life. I’m now planning trips to Washington D.C., maybe a spring break trip somewhere tropical (as if Florida wasn’t tropical enough) and many other places. Who would have thought that I’d be so adventurous and excited to see the US and the world!
I used to think that life came to a hault after graduation, but now, I see it as just the beginning. The moral of the story is this; never allow yourself to get stuck in societal pressures. Be yourself, have fun, laugh, explore, get outside of your comfort zone, don’t compare yourself to others, never give up on your dream, then look back to see all that you accomplished. I’m glad I did…and man oh man…what an immeasurable blessing 2012 has been.
Here’s to 2013! I can’t wait to see what’s in store!