All throughout life I was convinced I was going to become a doctor or nurse or pursue something in medicine or with sciences. It wasn’t until I travelled and reflected on my travelling experiences until I realized that I love working and interacting directly with like-minded individuals, quick problem solving, project management and presentations, and thus redirected my whole path to pursue a commerce career.
I believe that travelling is a very important milestone in a person’s life. Travelling to a new country, hoping on a plane and getting out of your comfort zone allows you to immerse yourself in culture, and really learn about it. You can even maybe discover something about yourself along the way. Travelling allows you to gain many transferrable skills and memories you’ll never forget that’ll help you with your relationships, academics, and professional career.
Three notable trips I would like to talk about are my trip to Vietnam, California, and France/Germany. As I mentioned before, travelling takes you out of your comfort zone and teaches you to adapt and develop new skills. When I went to Vietnam, it was a culture shock. In the capital city, Ho Chi Minh, all the streets are bustling. The streets are full of ruthless cyclists that will stop for no one, and crossing the street is always a game of Frogger. Travelling to Ho Chi Minh taught me to be alert, act cautiously, and pay attention to my surroundings. Not only does travelling teach you to adapt, it allows you to experience a new culture.
My trip to California was actually for DECA. When I first joined DECA it was merely because my friends were doing it. As I continued my journey with DECA I came to love the problem solving, the networking, and the competition. I went to California for ICDC during my third year of DECA, and there I met incredible, formidable people with such a strong passion for the competition that I was inspired. I loved the thrill of it all and I learned that this is the type of thing I want to do for the rest of my life. Not only did I learn to appreciate the competition, I also built lasting relationships with my peers.
Finally, my trip to Europe gave me a new perspective on life. My trip to Europe was a Canadian history tour and I visited many historic locations such as Vimy Ridge, Dieppe Beach, and the Juno Beach Centre. Along those historic locations, I visited many memorial sites holding the graves of many soldiers. It was a really surreal trip. It was very eye-opening and it was truly an amazing experience.
All in all, there are so many reasons to travel. Travel to learn, have adventures, meet new people, experience new cultures, and most importantly, travel for yourself, to learn more about yourself and even change for the better. Appreciate the time you have and take advantage of it. As the saying goes, “you never know what you really had until it’s gone.”
Director of Training Administration, DECA U Guelph 2018-2019