I cannot believe it's almost been a year since I left for Australia.. I still feel like I am telling people, "I just got back from studying abroad," but that is not really the case anymore. It's been over half a year since I've returned to the States and almost a year ago since I've left. But it's all still so fresh in my memory...
I think about Australia everyday. How can you not miss a place so wonderful? There are so many memories that make me think of everything I experienced there. Whether it's a song, a picture, food, or literally anything... Australia is something I will never be able to forget. My friends all get annoyed with me because I constantly say how much I miss it, how much I wish to go back, and how much I should still be there. They're all like "Yeah, yeah we know Alexa." My entire family thinks I am going to go back and never return, and I have to say, I completely agree... Hopefully after I graduate, return from Europe, and save up for a few years, I will have enough to go back to Australia and stay there for a little while.
So here's a message to all of you; if you can study abroad, do it. Don't be afraid, I promise it will change your life. Even if it's just a May semester, summer or winter semester, do it. Going to a different place, embedding yourself in a different culture, and having this experience that many people will never get the chance to have; is just remarkable. I can't stress it enough. I am such an advocate for traveling and over the past year or so, I have realized that it has quickly become my passion.
This summer, I am interning with The Salvation Army in my home state. It is everything I could have dreamed for in an internship. I am getting so many great opportunities already, but in the long run I see myself living overseas and never residing in one place for long. I am now trying to seek jobs of my interest that can be flexible with this, or maybe even be looking for this. People always tell me that traveling is unrealistic and that you need money to do it, blah blah blah. Yes, it's hard. Yeah, it isn't society's norm of what to do after graduation, but if it's what you want to do, then who is stopping you? It's your life to live, and at the end of it- you will be filled with the great experiences, memories and no regret.
Enough of my rant, but all I'm saying is you don't have to follow the "norm." I'm not encouraging rebellion against your parents' wishes; but simply do what you want to do, and always stand by it with reason. Anything is possible if you really, really want it to be.