Before I graduated from college, everyone around me would ask me what I was going to do next. Instead of doing what was expected of me, namely to get a job or internship in my domain of study, I got my camera and I started traveling. I wanted to do that before entering the real world. My ultimate goal was to push myself out of my comfort zone, learn how to be with myself, not to depend on anyone else – in a nutshell, I wanted to experience independence in its raw form.

I knew that it was going to be difficult. In fact, most people kept telling me that I was an idealist, and I expected things that weren’t prone to happen. But they were wrong. Experiencing new cultures, meeting new people, and acknowledging the greatness of our world made me grow into the person I am today. Evidently, each thing you do will influence you to some extent, even writing an academic assignment or the completion of a project. Each step you take plays a role in your self-development, as long as you allow that.

Still, this was the right path for me. And the timing couldn’t have been better. The decisions I’ve made helped me grow, and I’m curious to see where life gets me.