As it gets closer to my departure date, I think about what I have gone through in the past few months since I started my journey towards my future. I decided that I was not going to settle for a 8-5 job that pays good(a job that I like, and I am so happy and fortunate that I have, but it is not my dream job), and that I was going to take a chance and go into unknown territory. Since July 2015, my anxiety has gone up, I now take medication for it (which has really helped), I changed my mind about studying Spanish History and changed to German/Austrian, I started reading about the Holy Roman Empire from the 16th century to the early 19th century, have dedicated every second of my day to better myself and look after myself too. I set a goal to get healthier, not lose weight otherwise I will probably gain it instead. In 215 days, 22 hours, 17 minutes, I will be on a plane to my newest adventure. Every second that passes I think about what this new experience will be like. I am a natural worrier and I like to plan up to the last second of most things. It is hard for me as there are so many things that are not in my hands like getting a notification about financial aid. Last email just said that I will be contacted by march… MARCH! You know how long that is in Ascenett days?! That’s like 1 whole year, even thou it is only a couple of weeks away. I like to be in control of most if not everything I do, and it is starting to drive me crazy. So, as a solution I started to concentrate on looking pretty every day, doing my makeup every morning to give myself something that I can be in control of. I also started to go to the theme parks as much as possible with my friends as it gives me something to do besides worry every single day, plus I really do miss my friends. Every second it passes, it gets closer to my goal and I cannot wait, with the help of god and my mother, to get there sane.
Thank you for listening to my rant, and if you are feeling the same way about a future adventure that is coming up in your life, comment below. It is always good to know someone that is going through the same thing.
Every time I think about study abroad, I think about what I would have done during my time abroad that I didn’t do. So, I decided to compile a few of things I wish I could have done while abroad, and what I will do to change that in my next adventure abroad in 2016.
I always feel like I didn’t explore Nottingham enough during my semester there. Yes, I did some exploring, but not enough. I didn’t go to Nottingham Castle ( I know… Strike #1), didn’t go to Sherwood Forest (Strike #2), and didn’t go to any sport or music event in the city (Strike #3 and you are out). If I could, I would go back and tell myself to go out and enjoy a night out with friends, go to a concert, enjoy a football game, and go to the city for more than just shopping.
- Connected more with my flat mates
I seriously had two of the best flat mates ever, and I feel that I could have connected more with them. Yes, I went to London with them for a weekend (seriously, best and craziest weekend of my life!) and enjoyed some clubs around town with them, but I wish I had hung out with them more often than I did or had gone on more trips with them.
This is tided in with #1 and #2. Something that is definitely going to change during my next adventure is letting go and be a little more carefree. I am always worrying about what ifs and trying to make everything perfect. Always overthinking and worrying myself for nothing. During my Masters, I will go out, meet people, stay out late, go to bed early, take spontaneous trips, and enjoy the rest of my 20s, and try not to be so OCD about little things in life. I will be 25 by the time I get to Newcastle, that’s only 5 more years in my 20s and I need to enjoy them completely. I need to let my self enjoy my youth and be carefree for a minute.
Now question for you:
What would you change/improve/done more of regarding your study abroad experience? Comment below!
Guess who will be moving to the UK in September of 2016 to do her masters?! THIS GIRL RIGHT HERE!! I have recieve 4 offers to do my masters, 2 in history and 2 in international studies!!! I can’t believe that my dream of studying the the UK again is coming true!! I have been delaying applying for a master’s for 2 years because of something or another, so now that I have the chance I just had to take it. I am still waiting on another program, but all I care is that I got into grad school in the UK!!!!!!
My last recommendation…
IS IN!!! Applications will probably will be sent in on Monday as my advisor works again then, but I don’t care because ALL MY DOCUMENTS ARE IN!!!!! I CAN’T EVEN RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
Alright, I’m all good now 😁
Also, I decided to apply for a 7th program! This one is a MA in Cultural History from University of Liverpool. It just sounded so interesting that I couldn’t hold myself and had to add it!!
Now I can sleep with a smile on my face!!
Today I want to talk about letter of recommendation or LoRs as I will call them. This is the part of your application process that is out of your hands for the most part.
Alright, so for most postgraduate programs, they will ask for two LoRs, and at least one has to be academic. I got really worried because I have been out of school since December 2013 so it feels like ages ago. I kick myself every time for not keeping up with former professors from my favorite courses. I changed my mind so many times about what to do regarding grad school that my mind did not realize that LoRs are extremely important for entrance to a Master’s program.
So far I have asked 3 professors for LoRs and one has replied back. Classes start next week at GSU, so I will email the other two professors again next week in case they didn’t get it. On my email, I told them about the classes I took with them, what I have been doing for te past year and a half, and what my goals are regarding the masters and my education. I also sent them a copy of one of my many personal statements so that they got a view of where I am standing on my academic life.
I am hoping I get the LoRs I need my mid-September so that I can send in my applications to my advisor (I am going through an education agent for this whole process, more info in the next post) so that it can all be sent in and I can hopefully know the results before thanksgiving. I want to be able to apply for as many grants and scholarships as possible and as early as I can so that I don’t have to take out the full amount of loans (more on this later). As you all can tell, this process has become a waiting game since now all I can do is wait. I am hoping I can get going with the process soon, but it really is out of my hands. So, wait we do.
I’m the mean time I will be adding a picture of the day in all of my posts for now on so look out for those!
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Picture of the day
Me at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida (Last day of my internship in January 2015)
I am super excited to be going through this process as I am in LOVE with the UK. I had the opportunity of studying abroad in the spring of 2013, and it was literally the best experience of my life. I got better academically, met some of my best friends, traveled around Europe…well only Spain, Portugal and Ireland, outside of day trips around the UK and weekend trip to London. Seriously, my writing got SOOOOOO much better while studying abroad. I had one semester left of undergrad when I studied abroad, so on my last semester at GSU my grades were literally the highest of my undergrad career!!
Since we are taking about writing, today I want to talk about Personal Statement, and the process of writing one for postgraduate applications.
Alright, so if you know me well, you know that I can get my English and my Spanish mixed up (PS: I was born in Puerto Rico, so I have taken English and Spanish since forever) and my writing sometimes suffers due to it. Well, thanks to my semester in Nottingham my writing improved once my professor told me that my English was not so good… yeah…I know. So thanks to my worst critic, my English writing got so much better to the point that once back in the US writing felt like a breeze…a thick breeze, but one non the less. So that’s is why writing this Personal Statement has me so panicky. Well, as of right now, I have 5 out of 7 Personal Statements on first draft status. I even sent them to my friends so that they could peer-review them for me.
Right now, I feel as most of the personal statements are very much alike as they are all about the same topic…kind of…International Studies/History/Cultural Studies/International Relations. Oh well! I am hoping that the first drafts are good, and that they need very little work on them.
Now, I am going to finish writing these statements and making sure there is all statements are personalized towards each program and why and want to go to their university. If you have any suggestions regarding how to make a personal statement stand out or if you want to share how did it go in your process, please comment below!!
Also, if there is any topics you might want to me to touch, please also comment below!