SACIT: Study Abroad — Completed It Mate

Los Angeles Angels @ Texas Rangers in Arlington, TX

Everyday, I will attempt to create a professional, articulate, hilarious and modern take on my day of thought or action. Inspired by Casey Neistat who created a vlog everyday for 450 straight days. I will call it: 365MeThoughts

This is entry number one and I hope you’re ready, get your popcorn and buckle up… it’s going to be a hell of a ride

To find the acronyms that are at the top, go to my Instagram page everyday and see what the images are and see if you can figure it out…


It’s done… it’s over but the memories will live on for a lifetime.

Graffiti Park in Austin, TX

The 17th August 2017 was my entry day into Texas. Donald Trump was tweeting, the Earth rotated and all was well…

A day that shaped my life, a day to change all days… ah give it up Dan. You’re not the literary genius you once was… the days of weekly blogs are over.

Enough with the crap, I’ll try to keep these everyday blogs short and sweet. They will capture a snapshot of my day, whether that be my experiences on the day or those I was recounting. Today I answer one question that I have received countless times: “How was study abroad, was it good?”

The obvious answer to this is: OF COURSE!

The complicated answer is: OF COURSE!

Let me explain… but before that I would like to summarise my study abroad.

I went from Austin to NYC, Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth during my four months abroad. I met the most intellectually studious and entrepreneurial individuals that Earth has to provide. I grew as a human. I shrank in height. I developed humble emotions given my arrogant past. I felt the true meaning of family. But most of all… I lived.

Sunset at Santa Monica Beach, CA

It’s complicated because study abroad brought the same challenges without home comforts and reliable escape patterns. It was new and scary. For that reason, the answer remains the same. Study abroad was good because it challenged me to be a better version of myself everyday.

I like the way you have tied this in to writing everyday Dan… very clever.

NYPD Officer and I on Fifth Avenue, NYC, NY

Sometimes I felt alone. Vulnerable. Weak.

I lived everyday at face value and experienced life through an unfiltered lens.

Study abroad can make you or break you. The answer to that question for me only time will tell.

As I sit with the pouring rain outside in London, I reminisce on the silly late nights watching Netflix, playing Cards Against Humanity and having deep chats about society. Those times are dearest to me.

I met what I would like to call, ‘my people’ — individuals with drive and ambition who are acting on their words. I made friends whom became mentors and I made friends whom became family. Austin was good to me.

It’s got a lot to do with your attitude. Everyone has a likeable personality and in the same vein, everyone has a dislikable personality. You’ll find your people. The ones that just click.

Revisiting the question: “How was study abroad, was it good?”

To answer, I’d like to use a quote:

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things” — Leonardo da Vinci

I went to my study abroad location. I met those people. I achieved all I achieved. I went out and happened to things. So yes, it was good. Only because I didn’t waste one second of any day.


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