Why Study in New Zealand?

Come February I will be in New Zealand studying history at Victoria University of Wellington!  I could not be more excited or more nervous for this adventure!  I have always listed New Zealand as a dream travel destination, and now it’s becoming a reality!

After spending countless months debating where to study abroad I finally decided to follow my heart and go to the one place I couldn’t stop thinking about.  Before making a decision I was debating all kinds of other locations: Norway, Perú, South Korea, and the list goes on.  I had previously studied Spanish, and when I first came to college I was confident I would study in South America.  Once my second year started, my boyfriend and I (probably mostly me) decided that we wanted to go somewhere together to avoid the long-distance thing, and that’s where South Korea came to be an option.  After a short trip to Egypt, which we both went on, we decided it might be better to go our own ways to work on ourselves and become more independent.  When I finally committed to the idea of going somewhere all by myself, I decided to go to a place where I spoke the language, and somewhere I knew I would probably fall in love with!  New Zealand was my answer!

Now that I’m completely committed to traveling to New Zealand in February, I’m looking forward to what New Zealand has to offer!  I’m hoping to meet all kinds of people and make some great friends.  I’m hoping to do some things that get me out of my comfort zone.  I’m hoping to be outside enjoying the beauty of the country all the time.  And most importantly, I’m hoping that New Zealand will be a place I will not want to leave when the time comes in July!

 

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Why ‘Unlikely Places’?

“Courage is found in unlikely places.”   -J.R.R. Tolkien

My title of Unlikely Places was inspired by a quote from J.R.R Tolkien.  I Chose to look at quotes from Tolkien because I am going to New Zealand in February and so I thought it would be fitting.  Being a Lord of the Rings fan, I always think of New Zealand as Middle Earth!  I am extremely excited to travel to this country, and that is actually the main reason I started this blog.  I wanted to be able to share my experiences with others, have a way for my loved ones to see what I’m up to, and to have something to look back on when I come home!

I love the idea that Tolkien presents in this quote.  He is of course talking in one of his books, but I think that his words can be applied to our lives too.  This may be a little personal, but I really feel that when I travel across the world all by myself, I will be able to find courage to become independent and strong.  I feel that I have always had someone there to hold my hand, and being alone in a new place will indeed cause me to look for some courage!  Tolkien’s words inspire me and give me hope for what is to come, and I hope that you too can find courage in unlikely places!

Hello!

This is my first time blogging and to be honest I’m super nervous.  I’m not nervous because I don’t know most of the people who will read this, I’m nervous because I don’t know what to say!  But bear with me, I hope to improve when I actually have something to talk about!  With this blog I hope to share my travels while I study abroad in New Zealand in the spring, but I also want to blog about important things I’m noticing in the world around me.

Today is the first presidential election I was able to vote in, and this election is definitely something I feel I could talk about.  I’m not much of a politics person, but I still feel very invested in this election.  I feel that as a woman there is something at stake for me.  I’m not an expert by any means, and I’m far from perfect, but even with that in mind I am still confident that this election is very bizarre and very worrisome for our country.  I’m sitting here in my classroom watching the polls go up on CNN and it’s so stressful!  I’m hoping that the time will fly and that we can leave without freaking out.  I don’t know what the future looks like for our country, but all I will say is that I hope we can come together and decide to rise above sexism and racism.

Enough on politics, it’s not my forte and I really know almost nothing about it (though I feel like I should as a college student)… I’m not sure what else to talk about today, but I do hope to be able to write better and much more interesting posts in the future.  Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment if you have any ideas on what I should write about in the future!