This is probably one of the more difficult things I’ve ever had to write. Worse than a letter of intent, more difficult than a scholarship essay, and all together extremely uncomfortable. Those of you who know me will understand; for those of you who don’t, I’ve never enjoyed talking about myself. I even have difficulties accepting compliments and, combined, these two quirks make dating, introductions, and even everyday interactions awkward. But 2015 is the year of new beginnings so here it goes.
Hello, my name is Justin and I’m a third year arts student. I’m fortunate enough to be moving to Tilburg University for a year in the Netherlands on exchange. (See how awkward it is? It sounds like the beginning of an online dating profile. Next I’ll be telling everyone I like taking long luxurious walks on the beach and someday hope to see world peace.)
If I haven’t made you jealous yet with the year abroad then let me add that I’m currently writing this on a flight from Athens to Budapest. Envious yet? I don’t know what’s gotten into me lately, but I’ve been overcome by the urge to travel and am currently backpacking Europe with my sister and cousin. As I’m writing this I’m becoming aware that my life sounds like sunshine and lollipops, which it is for the most part, and I will do my best not to take it for granted. I am more fortunate than most and for that I must take a moment to thank the people that helped me get here. If there’s one thing they’ve taught me it’s that money doesn’t make the world go round, gravity does. An important reminder that there’s more to the world than humanity.
If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably wondering what on earth this blog is about, and as I’m now starting to realize, so am I. They say write about what you know, so expect nothing and be pleasantly surprised? If that’s an inspirational quote floating around somewhere on tumblr then forgive the plagiarism, they’re still good words to live by.
I plan on writing any and everything I can about my adventures, and if you’re intrigued feel free to read about them. I’ll try not to disappoint.
Follow Justin’s travels and check in for his insights as part of our #RUAbroad series. Off on an adventure of your own? Share your stories in the comments and use #RUAbroad yourself to show us what it’s all about!