First off, I would like to thank each and every one of you that’s been following the Yes! Study Abroad journey over the last two years. Whew- time really flies when you’re having fun.
Some of you may know that I set my sights organizing an end-to-end study abroad program this summer to Cuba. Along with my partner, Christie, I worked with an agency to get an itinerary that focused on personal development, volunteerism and cultural immersion; we selected a few students and began to fundraise. Unfortunately, a few obstacles arose, which we could’ve defeated, yet time did not permit.
Ultimately, we had to make the decision to postpone this summer’s excursion until 2018.
For a moment, I was hurt. Especially since so many people had doubted the success of the trip anyway. A part of me wanted to prove them wrong. That I could do it. That these teenagers were mature and ready to open themselves up to an experience that would forever reshape their view of the world. I felt like a failure and I wondered if it was even worth the effort. I gave myself a day to sulk and then my head (and my Facebook wall) was scattered in proverbial sticky note quotes. Literally.
Outside of those quotes, working in corporate America has taught me that just because you put a lot of effort into a good thing doesn’t mean it will be successful. It’s also taught me that when something falls through, it’s not always a permanent situation. For instance, I write this blog as a new employee for a team that I applied for back in 2015. Over a year later, the same opportunity came around and because I had done the leg work, made contacts and been through several rounds of interview prep, I nailed the interview and accepted the job a couple days later.
I’m saying all of this to say….
It’s not over yet.
I live my life through “I am” and “I will” statements, here are a few of mine below:
I will plan and execute a successful study abroad trip for under-represented high school students during the summer of 2018.
I will have my 501c3 non-profit established by the end of 2017.
I will establish relationships with universities and colleges that award my students who study abroad dual enrollment credits for their time abroad.
I am truly passionate about the life-long success of under-represented students and I will give my all to make a difference in their high education career.
I am grateful for every failure and I will learn from them in order to do better in the future.
I could go on forever, but you get the point…
Moving forward, I would love to have your support as I go on this journey. You all have been awesome to date, but the game is not over yet!
How can you help?
Come and join us for Black History Trivia!
There will be a fun game of Black History Trivia, great food and drinks, and the opportunity to learn more about Yes! Study Abroad and our mission to create global citizens.
Initially we were charging $20 admission to help alleviate the cost of the travel expenses for the kids, but since the trip has been postponed, it is now a FREE event! Can’t get any better than that!
The goal here is to really just get you acquainted with what YSA is all about. The only thing we ask of you is that you RSVP at the links below. See you there!