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Where I am going and why!

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:06pm


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I leave on July 5th to spend three weeks studying Social and Educational Reform in Tshwane, South Africa.  Last month I officially switched from a part-time MA program in International Education to a part time MA program in Higher Education Administration with a strong international focus.  While the coursework will be very similar the higher ed degree gives me a bit more flexibility career wise, is more recognizable and the program at NYU is stellar.

What do I want to do?  My dream job is to be a site and student life director on an international campus of an American university or at any program involving international exchange.  I am also very interested in working on global university development projects, such as NYU’s in Abu Dhabi.  I wish to inspire students to study abroad and engage in international exchanges to grow academically, but also socially and personally through the experience of studying in a cross-cultural and global environment.    I will stop there, but feel free to email me if you have any questions (or a job :) ) for me.

I am very excited about the trip for many reasons, first I have always had the travel bug!  While I am certainly not the most well-traveled person, I do put travel at the top of my list whenever I can find the opportunity or the resources. I saved every baby-sitting penny for almost a year to take a two week art-study abroad trip to Italy (Pompeii, Rome, Venice, Vucenza and  Florence) in 9th grade.  In college, I studied in Madrid, and traveled throughout Spain and to Lisbon, Paris, Rome, Florence, Milan and London while I was there.  I returned to Europe two years ago and visited the Lake Constance region of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and also went to Naples, Capri, Venice, and Positano.  Most recently, I revisited London.  Each of these trips was amazing in its own right.  You learn so much about yourself and the world when you travel and you gain a confidence, independence and expanded perception of the world and your values when you are challenged to reach outside your comfort zone.

photos for blog 010

One day we received an email from the building saying that there had been a packaged delivered, my roommates and I were not expecting anything.  When I got home, the box was for me, inside was nothing but a costume safari hat from my parents. I thought it was hilarious.  The book I received at an event I worked.

While I could happily live my life in Western Europe,  I am excited about South Africa because it challenges me—I am a little nervous.  Granted I am studying in a very industrialized part of Africa, so I will not be getting the more authentic rural experience I one day hope to, I have no doubt I will expand my views and learn a lot in the coming three weeks. Even though we are living in a city, we are visiting many rural schools, doing a village homestay and camping. My professor is quite amazing, and it is a privilege to study with her.  My personal focus will be on access and opportunities in a country with an educational system in transition.

My program is  very organized, and one of  the other students is a very good friend, so there is not too much to worry about in terms of safety and organization, although sometimes that is part of the fun of traveling.  Believe it or not, as long as I stay in SA, I don’t even need any shots that aren’t suggested for living in NYC.  Of course, the moment I step outside the country, they suggest many shots and malaria pills.  I am excited for the safaris that are planned, and the visit to Kruger National Park I hope to take!

photos for blog 004

While South Africa is not the safest country in the world; unfortunately in a way, most of the crime and violence is internal.  I also remind myself that things happen everywhere and to everyone.  I have actually lost two close childhood friends in separate accidents that were unbelievably tragic, but could not have been predicted or expected in anyway. I am excited to embrace a new culture and have no doubt I will be as endeared to South Africa as I am to the other places I have visited.   And while I am sad to leave NYC in the summer, and will miss Liz (roomstar and sexy bitch!), Gena (blogger, dear friend and confidante),  and Derek (B.U.H. #2 xoxo) almost unbearably, the three weeks will fly by and I will be back blogging before you know it.

dinner with gena 004photos for blog 001

Just as a note it is currently winter in South Africa, so I had to pack coats and blankets and heavy clothes…boo!

Speaking of which,  I made the decision not to bring my computer.  It is not required as the papers from the course will be submitted after we return and most of our onsite work will be interviews and a paper journal.   I do have posts scheduled every other day including many amazing guest posts you won’t want to miss, so don’t totally forget about me! My good friend Nico will be bringing his, and he said I can borrow it, so I may be posting once a week if I have time.   However, I am actually looking forward to the computer/phone detox.  I will have my blackberry, so I will probably be able to receive emails, but I am not going to have it glued to side . photos for blog 005

Speaking of paper journal, I just bought one for the trip after quite a while trying to select the perfect one from the many choices in Barnes, I went with a classic and light black journal.  I almost picked up for use as a diary, but I couldn’t find one I felt appropriate for my life right now!  I love quotable cards products, but none of the journal quotes really spoke to me.  I wish they had “Go Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams, Live the Life You imagined.”  As I said, I hope for the trip to be both invigorating and reflective.  I am bringing some of the yoga cards I received at Laughing Lotus New Year’s Midnight Yoga this year, which I think I could have utilized more fully over the last six months, but no time like the present.

photos for blog 023

The back of the third one says,

“If you have the ability to imagine it, or even to think about it, this Universe has the ability and the resources to deliver it fully unto you, for it is like a well-stocked kitchen with every ingredient imaginable at your disposal!”

Stay Tuned for my Health and Fitness Plan!


dinner with gena 013

I leave on July 5th to spend three weeks studying Social and Educational Reform in Tshwane, South Africa.  Last month I officially switched from a part-time MA program in International Education to a part time MA program in Higher Education Administration with a strong international focus.  While the coursework will be very similar the higher ed degree gives me a bit more flexibility career wise, is more recognizable and the program at NYU is stellar.

What do I want to do?  My dream job is to be a site and student life director on an international campus of an American university or at any program involving international exchange.  I am also very interested in working on global university development projects, such as NYU’s in Abu Dhabi.  I wish to inspire students to study abroad and engage in international exchanges to grow academically, but also socially and personally through the experience of studying in a cross-cultural and global environment.    I will stop there, but feel free to email me if you have any questions (or a job :) ) for me.

I am very excited about the trip for many reasons, first I have always had the travel bug!  While I am certainly not the most well-traveled person, I do put travel at the top of my list whenever I can find the opportunity or the resources. I saved every baby-sitting penny for almost a year to take a two week art-study abroad trip to Italy (Pompeii, Rome, Venice, Vucenza and  Florence) in 9th grade.  In college, I studied in Madrid, and traveled throughout Spain and to Lisbon, Paris, Rome, Florence, Milan and London while I was there.  I returned to Europe two years ago and visited the Lake Constance region of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and also went to Naples, Capri, Venice, and Positano.  Most recently, I revisited London.  Each of these trips was amazing in its own right.  You learn so much about yourself and the world when you travel and you gain a confidence, independence and expanded perception of the world and your values when you are challenged to reach outside your comfort zone.

photos for blog 010

One day we received an email from the building saying that there had been a packaged delivered, my roommates and I were not expecting anything.  When I got home, the box was for me, inside was nothing but a costume safari hat from my parents. I thought it was hilarious.  The book I received at an event I worked.

While I could happily live my life in Western Europe,  I am excited about South Africa because it challenges me—I am a little nervous.  Granted I am studying in a very industrialized part of Africa, so I will not be getting the more authentic rural experience I one day hope to, I have no doubt I will expand my views and learn a lot in the coming three weeks. Even though we are living in a city, we are visiting many rural schools, doing a village homestay and camping. My professor is quite amazing, and it is a privilege to study with her.  My personal focus will be on access and opportunities in a country with an educational system in transition.

My program is  very organized, and one of  the other students is a very good friend, so there is not too much to worry about in terms of safety and organization, although sometimes that is part of the fun of traveling.  Believe it or not, as long as I stay in SA, I don’t even need any shots that aren’t suggested for living in NYC.  Of course, the moment I step outside the country, they suggest many shots and malaria pills.  I am excited for the safaris that are planned, and the visit to Kruger National Park I hope to take!

photos for blog 004

While South Africa is not the safest country in the world; unfortunately in a way, most of the crime and violence is internal.  I also remind myself that things happen everywhere and to everyone.  I have actually lost two close childhood friends in separate accidents that were unbelievably tragic, but could not have been predicted or expected in anyway. I am excited to embrace a new culture and have no doubt I will be as endeared to South Africa as I am to the other places I have visited.   And while I am sad to leave NYC in the summer, and will miss Liz (roomstar and sexy bitch!), Gena (blogger, dear friend and confidante),  and Derek (B.U.H. #2 xoxo) almost unbearably, the three weeks will fly by and I will be back blogging before you know it.

dinner with gena 004photos for blog 001

Just as a note it is currently winter in South Africa, so I had to pack coats and blankets and heavy clothes…boo!

Speaking of which,  I made the decision not to bring my computer.  It is not required as the papers from the course will be submitted after we return and most of our onsite work will be interviews and a paper journal.   I do have posts scheduled every other day including many amazing guest posts you won’t want to miss, so don’t totally forget about me! My good friend Nico will be bringing his, and he said I can borrow it, so I may be posting once a week if I have time.   However, I am actually looking forward to the computer/phone detox.  I will have my blackberry, so I will probably be able to receive emails, but I am not going to have it glued to side . photos for blog 005

Speaking of paper journal, I just bought one for the trip after quite a while trying to select the perfect one from the many choices in Barnes, I went with a classic and light black journal.  I almost picked up for use as a diary, but I couldn’t find one I felt appropriate for my life right now!  I love quotable cards products, but none of the journal quotes really spoke to me.  I wish they had “Go Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams, Live the Life You imagined.”  As I said, I hope for the trip to be both invigorating and reflective.  I am bringing some of the yoga cards I received at Laughing Lotus New Year’s Midnight Yoga this year, which I think I could have utilized more fully over the last six months, but no time like the present.

photos for blog 023

The back of the third one says,

“If you have the ability to imagine it, or even to think about it, this Universe has the ability and the resources to deliver it fully unto you, for it is like a well-stocked kitchen with every ingredient imaginable at your disposal!”

Stay Tuned for my Health and Fitness Plan!

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