Selecting ice cream from Baskin Robbins 31 flavours is my biggest nightmare. Rocky Road or Strawberry Cheesecake? Waffle cone, sugar cone, or cup? Can’t I just have it all? To all the Indecisives of the world, I feel your anxiety (and I saved you a small spoon).
The point is eventually you have to commit. Make a choice and run with it (well, pay first then run). When it comes to my career, I have similar anxious feelings of just wanting to do it all. I want to make a difference and a change and an impact and… basically solve world peace. I want to learn about mechanical engineering, computer science, classic literature, medieval architecture, languages, business, etcetera. Absorb all knowledge and wisdom known to man.
So on ‘commitment’, I’m working on it.
What I have come to realise is that commitment to an area of study or trade by no means defines the rest of your career or binds you to one profession. At this very moment in time all that matters is committing to who I am now, what makes me happy now, and the passions and values I carry now.
And so my career flavour of choice, Amanda’s Two Scoops of Original.
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I hail from the magnificent not-always-so-rainy city of Seattle, Washington, USA. The University of Washington is my alma mater (Go Huskies!) and after university I decided to do some worldly traveling. I worked various part-time jobs all throughout my undergrad and made just enough to journey on one last trip before I plunged into corporate America.
First stop, Pasto, Colombia 2014. I taught english through an organisation called AISEC for several months in the southern region of Colombia.
After exploring the biggest cities in Colombia like Cali, Bogotá, and Medellín, I traveled through Ecuador and Peru to visit Machu Picchu. When my teaching contract was over, I jet-setted to Australia in 2015 and backpacked up the coast.
To make ends meet I worked in a cafe, a restaurant, and a hostel while passing through Melbourne, The Blue Mountains in Sydney, and Brisbane. I meting the greatest people from all over the world (and even some family I had never met before!).
I spent the summer to work and spend time with family back in Seattle and by September I was off to Shanghai.
After two years of nomadic lifestyle, this is my last stop – well kind of. In May, I will transition into a state of American normalcy and head to San Francisco to finish my Master in International Business. It’s bitter sweet because I can’t wait to be back in the homeland, but at the same time I have thoroughly and utterly enjoyed every moment, face, and kind soul I have met along the way. This international chapter is coming to a close and it only makes me excited to see what 2016 has in store!