“Keep grindin’ boy, your life can change in one year, and even when it’s dark out, the sun is shining somewhere”. 🌤

Posted By: AndrewCuriel
Posted On: March 23rd, 2019
Attending: Limerick Institute of Technology

I was texting one of my friends back home and in conversation she said,

“Going to Ireland really the best thing you ever did!! “

And right there I thought for a second… all these flashbacks came rushing to my mind  of everything I’ve done these past 7 months. I really grew up, experienced new things, and “found” my wings (shoutout to my homie Khalil).

In college I was very organized, scheduled, and didn’t stray off what I had “written” for me. If events weren’t in a plan I usually wouldn’t do it in fear that it would affect me later on down the road. Especially with the strict schedule of basketball I hardly went out. But I pledged to myself when I flew over to Ireland to be more free flowing and say “yes” more often so I can have new experiences. It’s not everyday a kid from the Bronx gets to do what I’ve done…

It never really occurred to me how much I’ve truly done here, just in 7 months I’ve done so much in Ireland…

The list includes:

  1. Lived away from my family
  2. Tried Guinness
  3. Visited Belfast, Northern Ireland
  4. Made new friends (lifelong friends for sure)
  5. Visited the Giants Causeway
  6. Got to experience studying abroad
  7. Go to graduate school for free
  8. (Attempted to) Surf
  9. Played professional basketball overseas
  10. Organized the first Halloween basketball camp at LIT
  11. Coached a women’s college team
  12. Had Thanksgiving with 33 incredible people
  13. Worked the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic as a Team Liaison
  14. Visited the Cliffs of Moher
  15. Experienced New Year’s Eve in Galway
  16. Organized a New Year basketball camp at LIT
  17. Visited St.Johns Castle
  18. Played a basketball game in front of my mom
  19. Went to a Post Malone Concert
  20. Went undefeated in the division two college league
  21. Won a College Championship
  22. Visited the Ring of Kerry
  23. Experienced St.Patrick’s Day in Dublin
  24. Went to a Drake Concert
  25. Went to a Munster Rugby match
  26. And of course experienced Irish foods…

Coming up I’ll be adding to this list, I’ll be celebrating my 23rd birthday, competing in the Varsities basketball tournament, traveling to Barcelona, running another basketball camp in County Clare, attending my first WWE Live event in Europe, and finishing my course in my masters program.

To say this experience was great is underwhelming, this has legit been the biggest life changing experience of my life. I couldn’t even imagine where I would be if I wasn’t here.

My friend Sowah back home loves the rap artist J. Cole and constantly restates to me on the one line that made him a fan. The line goes, “Keep grindin’ boy, your life can change in one year, and even when it’s dark out, the sun is shining somewhere”. Most recently this line has been sticking out to me, last year around this time I was in a completely different mindset. Scurrying around with college, clubs, jobs, and what I was going to do after graduation…. I never thought in a million years I would be here. But with the right amount of work, timing, preparation, and an opportunity I’m fortunate just like J. Cole said to be in a different place in just one year!

To those people who may be struggling with ANYthing going on in your life, it’s okay… it’s just a bad moment, not a bad life…

“keep grinding, your life can change in one year, and even when it’s dark out, the sun is shining somewhere”. 🌤

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