“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” j.lennon
Just a few weeks ago, I was making lists in my head of things I needed to do before I left for Spain. My visa had not arrived yet and I was procrastinating on buying a plane ticket because the rest of the red tape parade had experienced so many delays. Suitcase, backpack, duffel? Suitcase, suitcase, backpack? Round trip? One way? Can I use miles? Where is the cheaper flight? What if I leave on Monday instead? Why haven’t they invented teleportation yet? Beam me up, José.
Now it would appear my plans have changed. I no longer have a luggage limit or a plane ticket. I don’t even need a visa. I do need my car, and my clothes. Man, I have a lot of clothes. My time line hasn’t changed, but my destination has.
This Tuesday, I’ll be heading west. Midwest, to be specific. I accepted a post in the Study Abroad Office at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.
I know, I know .. it’s not Spain. But it is a great opportunity to join the field of study abroad – something I’ve worked toward, and love. Unlike many of my Ministry compatriots, I’m 28. I’ve had work experience, bills to pay and the legal right to drink for a bit longer than they have. I received my Masters in 2010, and made the decision to work abroad in my beloved Spain. And now it seems, in a wave of serendipity, that I will be staying in the United States.
I can’t think of a better way to spend my time here than working with college students. Finding them opportunities abroad, encouraging them to embrace the same eye-opening experiences that others have had before them. Working with great colleagues and partners, and of course: exploring the Midwest.
Don’t worry .. the blog stays put. This blonde in the cornfields? You won’t want to miss that!