As I begin my blogging adventure, I want to let my readers know that these posts will be for you: the dreamers, the explorers, and the audacious souls that know what they want. I am a first generation college student, coming from humble beginnings, and grew up in an environment where dreams were too expensive to even imagine.
I have put my money in the right dream from the looks of it. I am going to Bhutan! I started planning for this about a year ago, now it is finally happening. I will be leaving February 23rd. The flight itself will be amazing! I will be stopping in Tokyo for 3 hours, then Thailand for orientation and then Bhutan.
It still feels like I am dreaming. I will realize it is all coming true once I am actually in the airport, I know it. I can already imagine myself holding my luggage, kissing my parents on the cheeks, saying goodbye, telling them I love them (“te amo”) and letting them know I will be OK.
There are still many things I have to get done before I leave. Everyone I have spoken to about studying abroad in Bhutan has told me I am crazy, or asks me where it is in the world. I love that!
Some people seem worried about my well-being when I tell them about my decision. Some ask me how will I contact everyone? What if this and that happens? I can say that I fear comfort and become excited with things constantly changing. When “this” and “that” do happen, I will adapt. When I need to contact someone I will get a phone. This experience is not to be feared, it is to be embraced.
I have all the confidence that this will be a life-changing experience. There is no fear in my heart for this amazing journey I am about to embark on. Fellow dreamers and explorers: make things happen for yourself without too much thought. It takes action to make anything happen.
Benjamin is a student at the University of Rhode Island and an official API student blogger. Benjamin is currently studying abroad with API in Thimphu, Bhutan.