You Can Go Anywhere!
Typical of me from a young age, I have managed to set goals for myself and work towards them until they came true. Of course, it was never really easy.
Definitely, one of those goals had been getting into college, especially a prestigious liberal arts college such as Lawrence University. So far I’ve been quite happy at Lawrence, studying history, German and other interesting subjects.
In addition to going to college in general, and my dream school at that, I also wished for the opportunity to study abroad. While I had heard amazing things about London from my mom and others, I had never been before and had always wanted to see it. It seemed like there were tons of cool places to study abroad during my time at Lawrence, yet between observing a lecture from a political science professor at Lawrence’s London Centre and getting to know the place through various fun activities during London Centre week on campus, I had made up my mind. Of all the places to study abroad in, London became my top choice. But it was not as simple as just filling out a simple form. Between writing three essays, asking my academic adviser and a trusted former professor for recommendations and other criteria, it amounted to a lot of work, as if I did not already have a lot to do academically. But fortunately I had the support of my faculty, friends and family, helping me with ideas for writing the essays, such as “Why I Want to Go to London” and others. There was a part of me that felt like I couldn’t get into the program no matter how hard I tried, given it’s general selectivity.
Fortunately, before I knew it, I received the letter of acceptance from the London Centre and my Spring semester of junior year was locked in.
I am more than grateful for the opportunity to study abroad in one of the best cities in the world and for the subsequent funding and tuition that will go to support me then. I could have done none of this on my own, especially not with out the help of the universe. Also, this is not the end for my setting goals, both within the setting of school and others. I still intend on making the Dean’s List for grade point average and moving on to grad school after I graduate from Lawrence.
To those reading this post, thank you for doing so, and know that if you have some goal you want to accomplish that you maybe aren’t quite sure of, know that you can do it. There’s nothing too big for us to achieve in life.