Monday, July 25, 2011

And the adventure begins...

Hello everyone!!

I'd like to thank you for being a part of this incredible adventure I am about to go on.  For those of you who don't know I am going to Peru for about 4 and a half months to study at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Peru (PUCP).  If you are interested in learning more information about my program here is the link:   http://www.ciee.org/study/programOverview.aspx?pID=1773#1rightForYou.

This is my first blog ever so we'll see where this takes me.  I don't know how often I will post but hopefully it is often so that I can keep you all updated on my new experiences and adventures.  I'd also like to take the time to explain the title of my blog.  I chose this title based on a quote I heard from a motivational speaker at the Illinois Leadership Seminar.  "Don't miss out on other people and do not let other people miss out on you" -Ryan 'Superman' Moran.  This quote stays with me on a daily basis and I hope it stays with me while I am in Peru.  I hope that I allow myself to open up to people and I hope that I take the time to get to know my host family, other university students, etc.  Not only is it important that I stay open to people, but I need to remember to stay open to new ideas, methods, experiences, etc.  Now I know all of you reading this may not be going on a crazy adventure like I am, but I hope that you begin to live by this quote as well.  You are all amazing people so get out there and show people who you are and let others show who they are to you too!

Now, back to my trip to Peru...I am slowly but surely packing.  If I do say so myself I am usually good at packing, but usually when a person packs, they pack for a couple of days, a week, or maybe a month..but I am packing for a WHOLE semester in one suitcase and I am finding it a little difficult.  It's hard to know what to leave behind and what to take with.  Plus you always have to keep in mind the room needed for souvenirs. :)  It is currently Monday night and I leave for Peru on Thursday morning.  Tonight I am going shopping for last minute items and I guess if I forget something I will buy it there, which is okay by me.  The next couple days should be interesting.  Saying goodbyes, finishing packing, and just lining up my ducks before I leave.  I am very anxious for the adventure that I am going on and I hope that you enjoy reading about it!  Goodbye for now.

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