“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” From the ever amazing Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go..
It’s immensely hard to write into words the feelings that have been going through me for the last few weeks. It’s been almost a year since I graduated and began this year off journey, in which I traveled, studied, learned, and looked forward to what was coming once this year was over. So I took my GRE’s and worked on applications in hopes of being accepted into a graduate program.
Well, when I graduated, one of my dreams came true- becoming a teacher. But running parallel with my dream of becoming a teacher, was another dream… To live in the big apple, New York City. When people ask, why NYC? It’s really hard to say, why not? There is something about the hustle and bustle of that city that I am incredibly attracted too. I am in love with the idea of tall buildings, taking the subway, walking everywhere, and being immersed in all the culture that NYC has to offer. So naturally, when it came to apply for graduate programs, I applied to both NY schools; Columbia and NYU as my top two choices.. To say that the anticipation was killing me is an understatement especially after being rejected from two schools, but as of two weeks ago, my biggest and ultimate dream came true. I got accepted into Columbia and NYU.
Even two weeks after being accepted and officially accepting Columbia, it doesn’t feel real. I wake up every morning and kid you not, read my acceptance letter because to think that I achieved my dream of moving to New York and attending school there still feels like a dream.
Dr. Seuss said it perfectly, YOU are the one who steers your direction and chooses the paths that you walk on. But along with me, there are so many factors that have pushed, supported, and held my hand through each step so that I could achieve this dream. Without one of them, I may not be who I am or where I am. Looking back, the last two years have been two of the most fulfilling years yet, and I hope that this is only the start of those fulfilling years….
It’s not often that you hear people say that their dreams come true and they’ve gotten what they wanted, but I can honestly say that my dreams have come true and it’s only just the beginning… There is no limit to how much or how big we dream, what’s important is how hard we work to make those dreams come true, so dream on!