From California to Lyon, France: living & studying abroad…and coming back!
«Il faut savoir ce que l’on veut. Quand on le sait, il faut avoir le courage de le dire; quand on le dit, il faut avoir le courage de le faire.»
“It’s necessary to know what you want. When you know what it is, it’s necessary to have the courage to say what it is; when you say what it is, it’s necessary to have the courage to do it.”
I am so thankful to be abroad, but it feels like this is creating a pause in my life back in the United States (which makes sense, because I’m not there!). Although I’m gaining invaluable experiences — cultural sensitivity, a broadened perspective of the world, self-confidence, and so much more — I never planned to have this experience be a means to an end. It’s not really in the big picture right now, but trusting in the chaos theory in its application to life, it’ll fit in there somewhere :)
I’ve always loved school and have been a nerd by nature; it’s just who I am :) Soo as my undergraduate career at UCSB comes to a close, I am trying my best to set myself for graduate school and a lifetime of academia.
I’ve been slowly coming to understand, focus, and combine my passions over the years. At this point in my life, my long-term goal is to become a psychology professor (I know, it’s quite a long path…but I think I’m really going to love it!).
For me right now, that means applying to summer internships in psychology labs across the United States hoping that I will get the opportunity to work in a lab of a truly interesting topic with truly caring people. It’s a bit harder finding these labs and asking for references when I’m not currently at my university, but I’m doing my best. I definitely have worked on narrowing my research interests; now I have to find the connections between these possible labs and the topics that I love.
Image credit: be you (http://weheartit.com/entry/22250965); chaos theory (http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/management/Bun-Comp/Chaos-Theory.html)