December 13th, 2013 | Uncategorized
It is hard to believe that I just completed the first semester of my MSc. Everyone told us time would go by so quickly, but it seems like only yesterday I was arriving in Ireland with all 300 pounds of my luggage. The stress from finishing up class projects and finals has finally subsided, and as I am on my way to Dublin airport, I have caught myself reflecting a bit on these past few months and thought I’d share.
I remember the day I left for Ireland like it was yesterday: I was squeezing back tears all day because as much as I thought I wouldn’t be nervous to leave home, I was scared of going off to a completely new group of people, a different culture, and the more obvious reason, a foreign country. Within a few days of being in Ireland and not missing home at all (no offense, Mom and Dad), I realized I made one of the best decisions of my life to come to Ireland and leave the comfortable bubble I lived in behind.
Recently a few of the scholars and I were talking to a few kids we mentor who mentioned how they would love to go to college in America on scholarship, but didn’t think they’d ever be able to go that far or that they’re not good enough. The response we gave was don’t limit yourself because you think you can’t do it, you have to at least try. I personally never thought I could live so far from home, let alone in another country, but here I am. Heck, now I’m not even going home for winter break and decided to travel instead.
To sum it up: you miss a 100% of the shots you don’t take! As simple as it may sound, I have to constantly remind myself to forget about how uncomfortable situations may be at first and to just go for it… hopefully we are able to continue to pass this message on to all the kids we work with. Until next time, readers!