Senin, 20 April 2009

Moving Forward (Full Speed Ahead!!)

I’ve been thinking a lot these past few months about where I want to go in life and how I’m going to get there. At night, I close my eyes and try to see myself in the next few years. The image is always the same….I am in Europe (read: Paris) working with a human rights organization, traveling the world. What has kept me awake at night all these months, often for hours, is HOW to get there. So many paths, so many choices to make.

Thankfully, this past week I’ve received some good news that’s put my mind at ease. I’ve reached a point of clarity and, for now, the road ahead seems simple. I finally know how to get to where I want, NEED, to be.

I’ve been accepted to the University of Illinois-Chicago Masters in Political Science program. I will start classes this Fall and continue into Spring of 2010. Then, in September 2010 I will be permanently moving to Paris. I’ll be finishing the remainder of my MA coursework/thesis work at Sorbonne and, afterwards, looking for a job with an NGO somewhere in Europe.

I feel such a calm KNOWING that I am on my way to fulfilling my dreams. Of course, I’m going to have to make some sacrifices to get there. In August I will most likely move back in with my parents in order to save money. This means that I will be commuting back and forth from the city—combine that with working full time and evening classes and there is no doubt that there will be days where I’ll be banging my head against the table. BUT I have to keep myself focused on the light at the end of the tunnel (PARIS!!) and remind myself that the sacrifices I make now—the commuting, the loss of freedom, etc.—are all for a (very) good cause.

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