the world is a very big place. you’ll come to realize this more and more, especially when you fly the nest. did you know that you need to get through about five levels of conversation in swahili before you can actually say “i had a bad day” because it’s not considered polite to do otherwise? or that people in east africa often speak three languages by the time they reach college?
did you know that sometimes it can be cheaper for you to study abroad for a semester than it would be for you to study in america? did you know that some schools will transfer your financial aid so that it applies still when you go abroad? did you know that there are programs dedicated to helping students like me like you to travel the world and learn cool new things? whaaaaat. yes, it’s real. google it.
let me broaden your horizon and tell you that it’s actually quite possible for you to travel to far-off amazing places where the natives think your name is weird and your accent even weirder. guys, the planet is so awesome and big. i don’t know about you but i have this intense desire to wander and screw money or time because i want to explore.
i think that we often grow up with this equation in our heads: highschool + grades + ACT = diploma + college —> college + boy = husband + career = the rest of your life. well let me tell you that life doesn’t have to be that way girlfriend, or boyfriend whatever. take a gap year, or study abroad for a semester. come to scotland with me and milk goats to pay your way through it. it can be done. it will be done. and we’re going to do it. limits exist because you put them on yourself and i know you’re bigger than that.
close your eyes, spin the globe, and point
mary “all we do is encourage teenagers to rebel” lynn
documenting the fun years.