Changing My Perspective A Week Before I Leave For Cuba

Changing My Perspective A Week Before I Leave For Cuba

Studying abroad should feel more like an opportunity and less like regret
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Summertime is upon me once again and rather than interning for a journalism publication or acquiring a job to help pay off student loans, I'll be traveling to Cuba.

I've been so excited to go since I was accepted into the study abroad program because it'll be my first time exploring outside of the U.S., but that feeling has dwindled as the date gets closer.

While I'm going abroad for a month, other friends of mine are either working jobs or interning at places to gain experience in their prospective fields. I feel like this is something I should also be doing, seeing as I'll be a junior starting in August, but have no time to do this summer.

I really did think I had all the time in the world to get an internship because four years in college seemed like forever, but I'm already halfway done and I still don't have close to no real-world experience. Not to mention, I'm not quite sure about the details of finding an internship.

It's too easy to feel like I'm not up to my college's standards because I haven't been involved in many UT Austin publications, I have no personal connections with my professors and, like I said before, I haven't had a single internship to put on my resume.

Now, I know by the time I graduate I will at least have one, if not a few, but right now there are friends of mine who have had as many as three internships and are graduating with me in the year 2020!

When I compare myself to these friends it really takes the fun out of studying abroad which is why I shouldn't be comparing myself to them in the first place. Honestly, what good has ever come out of comparing myself to someone else? Nada!

There's a quote by Angela Davis that says, "I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I am changing the things I can no longer accept." She, along with her quote, is one of my favorites, and while she's most likely talking about the grander schemes of life, I feel like it fits perfectly with where I'm at right now.

I'm uncomfortable with the amount of progress I have made since I've been at UT because, frankly, it's not enough for me, so I will move — and for anyone else who feels the same way I do, you should move too.

So rather than going to Cuba solely for studying abroad and the lessons that have been planned, I want to venture out on my free time to write so I can add it to my portfolio. This way, when fall comes around I have the exact material I want to submit to internships.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Don't Be Afraid of Changing Your College Plan

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My college life has been something of a roller coaster.

But I regret none of it. Maybe it would have been easier to stick to the track I was on initially, but I would never have been fully satisfied with it. Now I've finally found my place and, even though it may have taken a lot of shifting around, it was undoubtedly worthwhile.

I don't mean to say that everyone who is slightly dissatisfied with their major should transfer all over the country and change their major(I had to sacrifice the ability to get a minor because of the path I took, so I wouldn't recommend it to most people). I just believe that if you find yourself not liking the classes that are vital to your major or if you can't find a place at your current college, then changing your major or transferring isn't as horrible as you might imagine.

When I started college I was completely confident in what I wanted to do and what my future would look like. I thought it would be ridiculous for someone to stray from their initial path. That idea led to me deciding to transfer later than was smart.

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