Departure! The countdown is on...

April 9, 2009


This entry is dedicated to all my classmates, embarking on fearless adventures across the globe this summer.

I love country music, and I am a huge fan of Taylor Swift. I was listening the title track of her 2nd album called Fearless, and inspiration came to me. I remember at one point listening to an interview with her and why she chose this title and she said something along the lines of 'the word fearless doesn't necessarily mean not having any fears, sometimes fearless means having fears but jumping anyway'.

I think that each of us in this class is fearless, I don't think any of us has gone these entire two terms and never had any fears about the program or about our placements, but I think it comes down to the fact that even among those fears we are 'jumping anyway'. Of all the struggles we've encountered, individually and as a whole we have overcome, stuck with it and here we are today with less than a month before we are on our way.

And of course, as many have said, this isn't the end, it's really only the beginning, it's the moment we've all been preparing for during the past eight months. And as ti is the beginning we have yet to encounter many of our fears and struggles, which will come while we are in our placements. So I just want to encourage each of us to keep this attitude of fearlessness, to acknowledge our fears, but to jump anyway, to make the most of this experience and not hold back from all that it can be.

April 1, 2009


Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day saying,
"I will try again tomorrow"

- Mary Anne Radmacher

I know that no amount of 'what ifs' could ever
envision every situation I might encounter this summer.
So when I come across anything that makes me feel like giving up,
I am going to remember to have courage :)