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Travel | Study Abroad

Changing major has opened the opportunity to travel

 

 

nature-landscapes_hdwallpaper_closeup-of-peru-ancient-ruins_22192There comes a time in all of our lives when we are faced with questions about our future. As young adults, we have all felt the pressure of deciding what direction we want to take with our lives. For those of us who chose the college path, we have to decide what we want to study, what college we want to go to, and so on… Stay calm! All of us have faced similar questions, some more difficult than others. But guess what? It is totally OK for your response to be “I don’t know.”

Yes, there will come a time when you will have to decide what you want to do with your life; but in the meantime, enjoy what life has to offer. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying to go wild and not care about anything. I’m talking about having positive experiences. Life gives us clues, it is up to us to choose which road we want to take. We have the CHOICE, “lo dije.”  No one else can pick your career, friends, colleges etc. “Nosotros“, “we” make that choice!

Although I could have attended my first university choice, I ended up choosing Frostburg State University, because it was the most affordable for my family and I. I don’t regret this decision because I feel blessed and have been able to partake in many opportunities here at my university. In my opinion, every college or university has negative and positiveYolanda Vargas aspects. Having a positive attitude always helps.

During my freshman year, I was going crazy because I was studying pre-med. Biology was not my strongest subject and I realized that class was more stressful than enjoyable. That’s when I decided to change my major to Sociology and International Studies. Believe me, it wasn’t an easy decision to make, but in the end, I know I made the best decision for me.

The signs are there, sometimes we just don’t see them. If you’re not sure what you want to study, try different courses and take advantage of the many  opportunities that your school/university has to offer. I chose Sociology and International Studies because I have always been involved with the community. I enjoy learning about different cultures, I love to travel and I want to help improve the lives of others. I suggest using this strategy to choose your field of study. Pick something that you will enjoy for a long time.

Explore. Get out of your comfort zone while you can. Take advantages of the opportunities that are available to you and seek help. There’s always a way.

My faith in God is what keeps me going, so all I need is for doors to open or close. Remember that there’s a purpose and plan for your life no matter what people will say.

One of my goals in life is to travel the world. I want to experience different cultures and gain a better understanding of life around me. I have been given the opportunity to study abroad over the summer in two different countries, China and Peru.

Going to China and Peru will not only improve my resume, but also with my career path. These experiences will enhance my understanding of two countries completely different to the United States and will help me understand many of the issues that come up in my classes. Studying abroad is a wonderful opportunity that I do not want to miss. My extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, and desire to improve every semester academically shows that I strive for the best and take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way.

I am sure that studying abroad will be exciting, different, and  challenging because many of the experiences will be new.  This is a once in a lifetime experience that I don’t want to miss. Traveling the world is a privilege, and this is a dream of mine to see the world and cherish the moments.

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” (Pat Conroy)

For more information about my study abroad program or to donate please visit my Go Fund Me page below. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank You!

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