Slightly Philosophical, Mostly Personal

July 16th, 2014 by under Australian Internship, Summer Break. No Comments.

BoothBy Jenna Booth

The one thing about studying abroad that everyone forgets to mention is that it really is an experiment in self-discovery.

There is a famous quote in reference to the world as a book and those who do not travel read only one page. I love that quote, but I realized the missing piece in that analogy is that it assumes travel is a vessel for exploring only the external environment, neglecting the implications that travel has in allowing for new perspectives on self perception.

My time in Australia has been eye-opening on many fronts. In my work I have realized that my priorities in future job searches should really focus on company culture – I have learned the hard way that I get the most satisfaction in my work when I am interacting with my coworkers both professionally and socially.

As much as I love meeting new people, I often feel exceptionally exhausted afterward, revealing that I may be much more introverted than I had ever thought before.

As much as I love having new experiences, I have a newfound appreciation for the comfort of routines and familiarity. I find that familiarity in getting Junior Mints from the same corner store just about every night, having a delicious stir fry for lunch at the same place every day (literally, every day), going boxing after work, watching my favorite TV shows to unwind before I go to sleep, and coming home to my roommates that I now consider some of my best friends. I am quite happy in Sydney and the best is yet to come, but I never expected to find myself longing for my family, friends, and coworkers that constitute “home” for me as much as I do.

Miscellaneous:

  • I can survive just fine without a working phone and 24/7 internet access.
  • I have a new affinity for nightlife, but my first preference has been and continues to be: Friday nights spent laying in my own bed in sweatpants and watching a movie.
  • I frequently wear my emotions on my sleeve, but only when it suits me.
  • I envy people who can run gracefully with a backpack.
  • I’m impatient and indecisive, which is a frustrating combination.
  • Sitting on the harbor in the sun just watching the water is supremely refreshing and rewarding.
  • I’m open but risk-averse.
  • I used to think that I loved the beach and the mountains equally, but as I get older I find that I thrive going hiking (in the Blue Mountains) rather than lying in the sand (at Bondi beach).
  • I forgot how much I love to read.
  • I can’t not be punctual.
  • Finding equanimity takes a lot of effort.
  • Self-reflection is really just a time to be unapologetically fascinated with yourself

With every day of work, night out, or weekend trip, my subconscious/conscious is constantly weighing, confirming, and rejecting the hypotheses of my Self that I have spent years creating, and those are the assumptions that are most bluntly challenged by the novel environments that travel affords.

 Updates to my blogger biography:

I like yoga a lot now.

I drink more cappuccinos and mochas than black coffee these days.

I think I finally realized that my passion lies in human resources.

I still love public transportation and sock monkeys.

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