I’m never satisfied.
Even if everything in my life is falling perfectly into place, I’m not content simply staying where I am.
You see, I have a chronic case of wanderlust.
I’m rarely happy in one place for too long. There’s far too much to see on this earth for me to ever be satisfied where I am. There are so many countries to explore, people to meet, different foods to try.
I want to experience it all.
Or at least as much of it as I can. I’m not planning on living forever, and with 196,950,000 square miles to cover, seeing everything might be a bit of a challenge.
When I began exploring different career paths, I knew there was one requirement: I had to see the world.
Also, no more math classes.
In the end, I chose Global Media, a Communications-like major with an international focus. It also happens to require two semesters abroad. First up: the University of New South Wales in Kensington, Australia.
Next year, for the first time in my life, I’ll be living and attending school abroad. I’ll be completely immersed in a foreign way of life, thousands and thousands of miles from anywhere I’ve been before. There will be custom and culture differences. Transitioning from tiny Arcadia to a massive university with an enrollment of almost 54,000 is….well, terrifying. I’m going to be a freshman all over again. I’ll to have to make new connections with faculty, form different friendships, find a new job.
And I couldn’t be more thrilled.
I’m about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Hopefully, the first of many. Finally that itch to see the world will be scratched by more than a two-week vacation or an extended weekend trip. I’ll be within walking distance of everything downtown Sydney has to offer — museums, restaurants, harbors, aquariums, and, of course, the iconic opera house. The ocean will be right outside my front door, the Australian Outback just a short drive away. I’ll have the opportunity to take classes at a world-renowned university and immerse myself in Australian culture. I’ll form relationships that will, hopefully, last a lifetime.
Maybe I’ll be so fulfilled my ever-present urge to travel will go away. But I doubt it.
Photo: Nicolas Raymond, World Grunge Map—Sepia