Far too often we as human beings have a tendency to be vague about what is going on in our lives, even to those individuals closest to us. I’ve fallen into the trap of the generic, “It was good” when describing my workday or other day-to-day experiences. And although it is innate for people to be curious about the lives of those around them, rarely do we dive deep into what our lives actually entail.
I’m starting the cliché “abroad blog” to help others understand the experiences I’m going through while across the pond, but also to better my writing skills and ‘build my brand’ as some might say. Soon I will be starting a website and posting weekly about my experiences – please feel free to follow along if you’d like to keep up on my journey.
So for starters, I’ve chosen to move away from everything and everyone I have ever known to live in Dublin, Ireland for a yearlong Masters program at Trinity College Dublin. The program is a Masters of Science in International Management with an emphasis of International Finance. A big selling point that led me to choose this specific program was a quote by the Programme Director, Paul Ryan. He said, “Our aim is to produce culturally sensitive and strategically minded graduates to pursue an international career in organizations that target global markets… Our faculty is highly international and 22 nationalities were represented in the class of 2017/18.” In my past job, the people were great and the potential for growth was there, but I wanted more of an international community and to do something completely outside of my comfort zone. This program gave me exactly that and more as it would put me in a large European and Global Business hub, while also being surrounded by ambitious students looking to better themselves and their careers. I believe you are a strong product of your environment and this was an environment that I knew I would have the potential to grow in and become a better version of myself.
The idea of living internationally while I am young has been in my mind for quite a while now and the adventure of what is to come in Ireland is something that excites me beyond measure. A story that had a large impact on me was a text my friend Tate Hegstrom’s dad sent to him that he shared with me. The text read, “Over and over Grandma tells a story about two newly weds moving to Chicago with no money, in a car with no heater, and arriving in Chicago to an apartment found by some friend they bailed on and so on… Grandma at 93: still telling that story of life, risk and the unknown. Excitement. Adventure. Isn’t it interesting that this is the story she remembers so clearly and enjoys telling? The adventure is what you will remember. Start cataloging the stories you will tell your grand kids. Embrace the adventure and put your trust in God.” This text brought tears to my eyes at the time because I had an overwhelming feeling that the big life altering decisions that I was beginning to make were the right ones. Yes, there is much uncertainty and risk in it all, but I am following my dreams and I couldn’t be happier about it. I am committed to this decision and know that I will figure it out along the way.
Meg Jay, author of ‘The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now’ once said, “Don’t be defined by what you didn’t know or you didn’t do. You are deciding your life right now.” – here is to building my identity capital and a better life!