A new beginning is always exhilarating, and, quite honestly, a bit of an adrenaline rush. So it would be fitting to officially begin my blog for Patch on the first of September. It's always about the right timing, isn't it?
As mentioned in my bio, I head to Santiago, Chile in January on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, thanks to the support of San Marino Rotary Club and Mr. Bill Payne. After months of research and endless edits on an application I submitted in December 2009 and a final interview in April 2010, I found out I officially received the scholarship this past November. Now, I'm a college graduate at home, ready for this new adventure to begin...ready to study communication at a foreign university, ready to volunteer my time to those who need my help, and ready to travel to fully immerse myself in another culture, so I can become a more well-informed global citizen and open-minded individual.
Since I don't leave until the end of January (Chile's academic year begins in March), I've had the blessing of being home and enjoying LA's mostly perfect weather. Sure, I've attended premieres and finales of television shows, received goosebumps from seeing Adele perform live at MTV's Video Music Awards, and enjoyed the simple pleasure of reading a book or playing the piano whenever I feel like it. But what I'm most happy about is the time I've gotten to spend with my parents, my family, and many friends who I rarely had the chance to see since I went to Pennsylvania for college. There really is no place like home, and I feel blessed that I have this period of time to recharge my batteries, reflect on my life, and remember why I always remain passionate and motivated to better myself and this world.
Of course, this blog will document my preparation for my year abroad and my time in Chile, so that you can keep up with what I'm doing. However, this blog will also serve as my sounding board for how I'm "filling up" my free days and trying to fulfill my life, even when I have more than four months of limbo time in San Marino.
How will I stay passionate? Motivated? How will I make the most of my year abroad, and how will I make sure that I prepare as much as I can for this new experience?
I've known about my scholarship way before I graduated from college and although it's almost been four months since I received that diploma, this post-grad life is still new to me. I'm still enjoying the newness of this transition, which I have surprisingly found to become an adventure all its own.
This adrenaline rush might slow down, or it might speed up. Or maybe it won't last and it will morph into a lifelong reminder to always challenge myself and pursue even more life-changing adventures. So join me on my journey. I assure you it's going to be a fun and bumpy ride!