My experience these past three months has been amazing and taught me all sorts of things, about myself and about life. I’m all for ‘everything happens for a reason’ and I know that I was meant to be in Costa Rica this summer. Yes, the internship was great! I learned a lot, and had the opportunity to work on a lot of things marketing related with Outward Bound that I had never done before, and it taught me a lot! I had the opportunity to own different projects, and do a lot of things I hadn’t done in previous internships. Aside from the work part though l met some amazing people, had unforgettable experiences, and will always keep the people and this summer close to my heart. Some things I’ve learned-
I LOVE the Outdoors!!
Hiking, climbing mountains, kayaking, beachin it, ATVing…. The list goes on. I still will give credit to my best friend for introducing me to the outdoors, and after this summer I realized just how passionate I am about it. Already planning some hiking trips in the US that I want to do, and mapping out some other places I can explore. WOO! ☺
Also I would much rather be surrounded by a forest or jungle, than a huge city. While I do think Ill live in the city for some time when I get back, I don’t see myself settling down there..I think I’d go nuts. ☺
Dreams Come True—If you have the determination and courage to make them happen
Ever since I made my first solo out of the country and venture to Brazil, I’ve had a bug that will never go away: the travel bug. Seeing Brazil and learning about this entire different world and culture in South America lit a fire, and while I always knew how much I dreamed of seeing the world, I never knew how much that passion would just continue to grow. I guess I always knew seeing the world was my dream, but would it ever happen?
Now, having traveled to Brazil, studied in Spain and ventured around Europe, and lived in Costa Rica I’ve realized one thing—My dream will come true, because I’ve already watched it start to happen. But it wasn’t handed to me, that’s a fact. I worked my butt off taking classes and 5am shifts a work to be able to study in Brazil and Spain, and spent hours searching the web for a job abroad because that’s what I wanted to do. Upon finding this internship I then spent hours perfecting my cover letter and resume, practicing interview questions, and doing whatever else I could to heighten my chances.
All of these things happened, because I made them happen. For me that is the most gratifying realization I could ever ask for. For some reason this ‘epiphany’ -I guess you could call it- hit me since I’ve been here and it has made me personally gain confidence, and feel almost unstoppable. I’ve learned that things may not always go my way, but there’s always a plan. Whether we believe it or not. All the things I’ve accomplished didn’t come without obstacles, I just learned how to overcome them and the outcome has been fantastic.
I have a serious obsession with Hammocks
Call me a hippie.. I don’t care. Hammocks are the most comfortable thing to just lounge in all day and nap or read.. Im currently trying to figure out how I’m going to hang mine when I get home… Im going to have to get creative.
Time To Make Things Happen
So many little things I’ve always wanted to do—ex: learn to play the guitar. (which may or may not have been heightened by the amount of jam sessions I had while being here) I can easily accomplish that, if I just finally do it and stop talking about how I want to do it. So as little things come that I can make happen, I’m just going to start doing. You’ll never cross off everything on your life list if you don’t start making them happen or at least planning to make them happen. And once you start doing all the things you’ve finally wanted to do, its amazing how much happier you are =]
Which leads me to…
Follow your heart
No matter how small it might be, doing things you want to do makes you a happier person. I’ve always known this, but it just continues to be reinforced. I found this internship, and while it seemed at first it was hard to get everyone on board with it, I knew in my heart this is what I wanted and so off to Costa Rica I went. And so many more great things followed. When your truly passionate about doing something and you finally go for it I really believe there’s such a positive energy flowing in that direction that even more great things follow. Maybe you encounter some obstacles but you just gotta keep your head up and keep a positive outlook that it’ll all work out.
Being surrounded by amazing people makes for amazing times
Ranking my abroad experiences has always been hard—each of them taught me something different and each was an exciting adventure in their own ways. One thing I have learned from all of them—It’s not about where you are, but who your with. And this applies to any situation! Kind of cliché I know, but this is something I cannot stop thinking about.
My experience here this past three months would not have been the same had I not been surrounded by such AMAZING people. Every single person was welcoming, positive, and ready to have an exciting summer together. An exciting energy filled the room when the instructors and interns returned from course and we were all able to take trips, go out, or just hang in the kitchen having jam sessions. It constantly reminded me of when I traveled to Brazil, that group of people gave off the same vibe. It makes it that much more sad to leave, but I also know all of our wanderlust will lead us back on the same path someday.
So as I could go on about personal experiences with everyone, that would take forever. Just know, I enjoyed sharing this adventurous summer with all of you !!
A lot of this stuff I guess I’ve always known but I’ve finally started to embrace the knowledge to make myself a better and happier person. Honestly I’m not sure exactly why or how or what made me have such a change of pace since being here. I think it was a little of everything. The people I was surrounded by, the environment I lived in, and the things I was able to experience.. Either way, I couldn’t have asked for a better three months. I feel like I know myself a lot better, I know what I want, and I know the person I want to continue to be. It’s a great feeling, and I’m ready to get back to Chicago and continue on with life!
Costa Rica, you have been great! I know I’ll be seeing you again.