Asking a person who they are when they are still figuring it out makes this a hard question to answer. Sometimes I find myself questioning where I am going in life between what society already pre-plans for you to be considered “successful” and what choices I have the freedom to make. I feel I am a product of my environment at times, for example being at a four year school it seems everyone goes on similar tracks. School, intern, get a job or go to grad school to eventually get a job. More specifically, trying to figure out what makes you stand out amongst thousands and thousands of people in the exact same boat can be extremely difficult. Whether or not it is selfish to say, I want to make more out of my life than always focusing on landing the job where my supposed bubble is the size of a cubicle.
This is why studying abroad was probably the best experience I’ve ever had. Not only do I love to travel, but it also taught me a lot about culture and what ours means versus the rest of the world. We live to work whereas in Italy I noticed the people simply work to live. They have a means to an end and that is all they need to know. I was able to go places I have never been and appreciate them in my own way. As far as my digital profile goes I want the world to know my experiences have shaped me to be a more open minded, optimistic person. One who has been around the global neighborhood enough to realize it is not our way or the highway. Values change in different places, and those places will change you. Do I have a full grasp of my self identity at 21 years old? No. But I’ve climbed to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and have drank beer in Munich and saw lava spewing from a helicopter over the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and that’s pretty awesome in my book. I don’t know who exactly I will become or what the future holds, but I know I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to go to many places and those experiences contributed to my happiness.