Learning a foreign language in college is tough and incredibly rewarding. I encourage all college students to lean into that challenge because attending college is supposed to challenge you to grow emotionally, mentally, spiritually (at times) and especially intellectually.
When I studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea, the first month I was in school. I stayed an extra month to explore and solidify my Korean. I ended up going to my friend’s wedding while I was there too....
Wherever your dreams take you, the most important think to remember is the reason why you are passionate about it in the first place. The reason does not have to make sense to everyone, but it needs to make sense to you. It also has to be compelling enough to keep you going when following this dream becomes difficult.
I understand how staying in a country for an extended amount of time when you don't speak the language can be seen as a bold and audacious move…….but brave?
I forgot how intimidating it can be to be expected to engage in a language that you cannot speak and barely understand. It is frightening. There is a pressure to perform at a level that is just no accessible to me right now.
The difference between living and being alive is the difference between being the driver or a passenger. Those who are living are empowered to make certain demands from their life like authenticity, joy and progress. Contrarily, those who are simply alive become the accumulation of other people's choices instead of their own. You probably know [...]
Things did not work out exactly as I planned and there was some inconveniences involved, but on the other hand I had a chance to explore a city I probably would have never visited otherwise on someone else's dime. I also made friendships that would not have existed without this inconvenience. I'm not saying it's easy shifting perspective and finding or flat out making opportunities for yourself but it is definitely worth it.