Do I see myself working abroad or even in Boston itself? Of course, I would love to work in Boston, because I feel like there is a great work vibe and in my field there are a lot of opportunities in the city. I have always wanted to work abroad, it has always been my dream, and now that I have experienced this amazing city it will definitely be my top priority for the future. I am planning on getting a master’s degree in public relations strategy. I will apply to many different schools in the US and in Canada, and we will see what happens after. I think that being here and leaving home made me understand what I really want as a career and how I see myself in the next couple of years.
You shouldn’t be afraid of not knowing what you want to do with your life. Trust me, limbo is quite normal, especially at our age. We are the wanderlust generation, we tend to travel fiscally and even emotionally towards different places, so for this reason, it is normal to not know what we want, and to change our minds drastically and often. One piece of advice that I do want to give you is to follow your dreams, no matter how crazy or impossible you think they are. They are yours and they are there for a reason. I find it sad when I hear that people are at their current jobs because their parents wanted them to do so, or when someone is studying a career because they thought that would give them a lot of money. Please, do what makes you happy, and this will eventually give you so much more than you’ve ever expected. Don’t be afraid to take risks; you might be scared to death at the beginning, but after taking it, you will either lose or win something and both experiences will give you knowledge and so much happiness.
Moreover, I do recommend you to travel as often as you can. If you have the opportunity of studying abroad, TAKE IT! I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do before coming here. I genuinely feel that the cultural contrast and seeing how people live and work in a different country makes you think about what type of change you want to make in the world. So, as I mentioned, I want to be a spokesperson for a company. You are probably wondering, what does a spokesperson actually do? Well, in a nutshell, we keep companies out of trouble and we are the ones who will come up with good strategies for the press and audience to maintain a good reputation in the company. It involves a lot of strategy and press management; luckily I like both of those things, and I like convincing people and dealing with people, so that is a good thing. Ideally, I would like to work for a sustainably responsible company, because it certainly is easier to work for a company that you believe in and share the values of.
What I believe Boston gave me the most was confidence in myself and obviously in my second speaking language. I used to be very self-conscious about speaking English with people whose first language was English, because I know I have an accent and, like everyone, I was very insecure. However, I started gaining confidence the more and more I talked with people, and this is when I discovered my love for public relations. I would recommend you to always have a journal and write what you want to do with your life. The more experiences you have, the more you will discover that what you wanted at any point may shift later on, and it will be a positive change. As I have mentioned before, we shouldn’t be afraid of change: we should get out of our comfort zone and get to know what we really want and like. So, whatever career you choose, please make sure it is what YOU want, and not what your neighbor wants. Life is so beautiful and amazing if we live it our way. Find different hobbies every day, enjoy the small things, and let them be part of you. It certainly was a great journey writing in this blog, and I thank the MET staff and my advisors for granting me this amazing opportunity. This is my last entry, but I won’t say goodbye; I am not a fan of those. I will say see you later, and I will end with a positive note, a quote from my favorite book, which could help you in your life, whatever situation you might be in:
"Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird