the why.

I want to start this blog off by explaining my reason for deciding to be apart of an internship abroad program. This explanation won’t be too lengthy, but it is necessary to understanding why I am in this program and why I decided to go to the opposite end of the world.

Towards the end of the fall 2015 semester and for the duration of the entire spring 2016 semester, I felt empty. Although I had friends, family support, academic success, etc., I felt like I had fallen into a mundane routine that I couldn’t escape. As I watched other people excel in various aspects of their lives (whether academically, socially, professionally, etc.), I began to sink into myself. I stopped caring about my grades. I didn’t want to leave my room. I didn’t want to interact with people. Instead of continuing to live in a false reality of happiness and routine that I had created for myself, I allowed myself to indulge in an excessive amount of alone time in which I reflected on my life thus far. At the time, I felt my life had been exceptionally mediocre. How had I made it to my third year in college and done nothing of true significance? My life was unfulfilled. 20 years on earth, 3 years in college, 3 semesters of college left and I believed that I had nothing to show for it compared to my peers. I didn’t know what to do about it. What could I even do about it at this point? I needed to figure out a way to gain some type of fulfillment in my life. I wanted a way to escape. To make a long story short, going abroad was my escape plan.

Now here I am . . . in Sydney, Australia.

I will be using this page to chronicle the highs, lows, and all the in-betweens I experience while abroad. Follow me as I embark on this journey for the next 2 months.

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. — Anonymous