You might be a an old friend following, or someone who is just starting here, or maybe this is your one and only time to my blog. Anyway you visit is fine with me, I’m just happy you stopped by. I started my first blog in January for a class using Blogger. I was required to create 6 posts throughout the semester. You can find the original mylittleeiffeltower here: mylittleeiffeltower.blogspot.com. I enjoyed learning about blogging and keeping one for myself so much that I chose to expand and have thus created this one. I hope to keep up with it as I prepare to leave for a year abroad. Here you will find my stories, journals, pictures and outlook on my time abroad. I will first be in London, England from Sept 13-Dec 22. Then I will venture out again to Port Elizabeth, South Africa from the end of January to mid June. I will to my best to keep this up to date and as interesting as possible!
To explain why I chose the title, I must refer to a previous post from my first blog. Enjoy!
inspired by my little eiffel tower…
I’m taking a lot of communication classes, as in all of my classes this semester are COM. So my homework for my interpersonal class yesterday was to bring in an object that I thought best represented me. Such a trivial assignment should have been easy but somehow I didn’t want to bring in a typical thing like: a tennis ball “because I just love playing tennis”, or a spatula “because I think cooking is fun”. I didn’t want to limit myself to such simple items. So after days of contemplating such an important item I finally settled on a key chain my best friend had given me when I was a sophomore in high school.
I know, how lame is a key chain? I might as well have told the class I loved being in fifth grade and wanted to start the key chain collecting fad all over again. But the key chain was a miniature Eiffel Tower from Paris that she had brought back for me on her spring break adventure with her family to France a few years earlier. The more I thought about this simple key chain, the more I realized it was the perfect item to represent myself and what I wanted my class to know about me.
When I think of the Eiffel Tower I think of: ambition, hope, dreams, love, romance and beauty. The key chain doesn’t represent that I am all of these things, but that I want all of these things out of life. I want to travel the world, I want to be successful, I want to fall in love, I want to achieve all of my dreams and have the world at my fingertips. That’s what the Eiffel Tower means to me, and that’s what I want out of life.
If you haven’t read the book Eat, Pray, Love, you must. I’ve always been ambitious and hopeful but reading this book over Christmas break took that ambition and hope to a whole new level for me. It made me think about what I really want out of life and what I have to do and put in to get that. So I created a plan. Which is another thing my Eiffel Tower made me realize about myself; I love plans. I like having an overall goal and then knowing what my next three steps need to be. So this is what I came up with: I want to get an internship this summer (doing anything really, as long as it means I’m not at home), travel abroad for all of my junior year (but at two different locations, one continent fall semester, and a different continent spring semester), get an internship abroad for the summer before my senior year (once again, anywhere really, doing anything as well), and finish my college degree here at UNCW living on the beach and hopefully taking on some leadership roles along the way. I get antsy just thinking about “the plan” for the remainder of my college years. But at the same time, I can’t wait!
***With an update on my plan: I got an internship this summer working with the Marketing and Communications Department for UNCW (it was fabulous).***
So I will leave you with one last thought and something I take to heart:
“The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible.” – Anonymous.