The last time I moved to a place where I knew NO ONE, I was 19. People told me I shouldn’t move to a boring college town in the middle of nowhere from the vibrant East Coast. They said I should invest in a private college education where I could make the “right connections” instead of going to a cheap state school.
Going to the University of Iowa would later turn out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. It was the environment I needed to grow and be nurtured. It was where I realized the sky is my limit. I never forgot what I learned there. I even tried to build upon it and pass on the spirit to my eventual students.
Before I came to Auckland, people had also told me I deserved something “better” or simply should just drop the entire idea of getting more education to focus on finding a husband. Some of the comments were ludicrous and easily ignored, but some did hurt because it came from those I love.
Again, I took the leap because I believed it picked me for a reason and I would be able to live the life I wanted here.
Even though things haven’t been going as smoothly as I hoped and building everything from scratch is a scary and lonely experience, one day I’ll be glad I made the bold move when I could still afford to.