Into the Great Wide Open

So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind

Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time

Tattoos and memories and dead skin on trial

For what it's worth it was worth all the while

- Green Day

My life has taken me across the world, not only because I have allowed it to but mostly because I have sought out opportunities for travel. From growing up in a small rural town in upstate New York I moved on to college at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. Following college I moved across the country to attend graduate school at the University of California San Diego. After nearly a decade in school I decided to put my fledgling career on hold for a long expected break in order to undertake my first long journey outside of the United States. That trip ended up being an eight month journey around South America that opened my eyes to the adventure and exploration that I had been missing.

Upon returning to the real world I worked for a startup company in Chicago for several years. Fortunately, as part of my job, there was a significant amount of travel to Europe, Asia, and South America. This international exposure was really rewarding and allowed me to see a different side of things than when traveling on my own. It also made me think about what my next step would be and where I wanted it to take me with an eye towards the future.

I decided to return to school to pursue an MBA degree to round out my technical background. I chose to study in Spain because with my international interests I thought it would be beneficial to broaden my outlook further and gain more experience in international business. In the end it turned out to be an excellent choice. In addition to enjoying Barcelona, I had the opportunity to work in India for an internship and to study in Costa Rica for a semester, both excellent and diverse experiences.

Now, after two years of life abroad, I am back in the United States, living and working in Houston, Texas. Throughout the various stages of my life I have found that there is always an opportunity to learn or experience something new and I have been fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of many of those opportunities. As a result, my life has become much richer and my knowledge of the world has deepened.

Although one of the benefits of travel is that it broadens your horizons, this can also be a disadvantage. By exposing yourself to the world at large it makes you realize how much there is to see and, comparatively, just how little you have seen. This always makes me wonder, and I forever find myself contemplating my next challenge and my next adventure, wherever that may lead....


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