In less than 2 months, I will complete the MBA program at the University of Portland. The program will have taken me a total of 19 months, during which I've vacillated between loving being a full-time student, to having anxiety-ridden breakdowns about not having worked since September 2015. Suffice it to say, I am beyond excited to end this chapter, take what I've learned and apply it to a career; hopefully in the sustainable travel industry.
International travel has been a part of my life since childhood. My brother and I were fortunate to start traveling the world before we started elementary school because my mother had great travel benefits at the World Bank. Every other year, we'd spend our summer vacations traveling through Europe and Asia, spending almost a month in the Philippines, and hit Hawaii and San Francisco on the way back to D.C. I remember hating the early-morning bus rides to tourist must-sees that my mother would insist upon; caring only about finding the hotel pool. I don't think we appreciated the experiences until we were in our teens.
This week is fall break. I'm going to spend it looking for jobs in Maui (plan B is southern California) and writing about my transformative travel experiences. The latter exercise is to take my mind off the anxiety of potentially moving back to the islands without a job. And trusting that the universe will provide.