Rose Coloured Reflections: Studying Abroad

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country”. -Anais Nin

It’s hard to believe that I only have a month left in the breathtaking city of Gothenburg. Before I decided to study abroad in Sweden I did not know what I would find here. I threw myself at my dreams and dived into the unknown. Little did I know that being away from all things familiar would be where I found a new life, new friends and a new love for cultures and for Sweden, which I now call my second home.

Sweden has taught me that time goes quickly and as the school year comes to an end I know that I did it all. I had a snowball fight in the fresh winter snow, hiked through the forest of the Archipelago and collected shells along the island shores. While peregrinating through cobblestone streets of Europe I gazed upon buildings rich with history from Haga in Gothenburg to the Notre Dame in Paris. I knew that I would be changed by studying abroad, but I was not aware of how deeply and subtlety the change would come. Most importantly, what I have learned is that I have the capacity to make my dreams a reality.
If you are toying with the idea of studying abroad I have two words for you—do it. You will not regret it and doing so will be the best choice you can make for yourself. 

 

To my friends who are graduating

You made it! The long road towards completing your undergrad has come to a close and I am so proud of you. For some of you reading this I know the deep struggles that you have overcome and the countless hours that you put in to make it to this long awaited time in your life.As you walk across that stage with the bright lights 13-super-cool-graduation-cap-ideasshinning down ( or most likely in your face) remember that this is just the beginning. The future is brighter than what any of us can comprehend.

Some of you 11-super-cool-graduation-cap-ideashave overcome struggles no one is aware of and only God knows how hard you fought to make it, but guess what? You did it! YOU reading this are an inspiration to me and more than you realize, so hold your head up high and take the time to celebrate. Whether you’re with family or celebrating alone do so in a way that is special to you. Take photos, laugh, cry and trust that you’ll be okay.  I’m sure you remember the day you walked onto your new campus “bright eyed and mystified” by everything around you. Keep that curiosity laced with expectancy about the endless possibilities that now await you.9-super-cool-graduation-cap-ideas

To my friends who graduated last semester or last year keep fighting the good fight. Trust God’s timing and keep challenging yourself to grow even more. This can be done in little teeny-weeny steps or in dramatic moves, but either way keep persisting. Keep fighting for your dreams and stay hungry. God has great plans for you!

With love and hugs, 

Micaiah 

 

 

I’m not graduating on time and guess what? I am completely fine with it!

Before this semester (Spring 2017) I made a personal decision that I would16735875_1279742202063172_1208309865_n graduate on time and with the rest of my class, but studying abroad changed my goals and perspective on college.

For those who do not know me I am majoring in Sociology and minoring in Peace and Conflict Resolution (and am hoping to also gain a minor in government). I entered college with some AP credit and for a few years only took 12 units before I realized that taking only 12 units would put me 3 units behind each semester. Once I realized I was behind I increased my workload and began taking at least 15 units.

I have been living in Sweden for five months now and during that time that I realized how quickly a semester and undergrad in general can fly by. As my time in Sweden draws to a close
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People have great reasons for wanting to finish in four years, but for me I know there are just a few more things that I had to accomplish before I completed my undergrad.

I could have graduated in four years, but if I chose to leave right now I know that I would have not set myself up for getting into a great graduate program. I chose to extend my studies so I could participate in the Model U.N and possibly the McNair scholar program. If I did not extend my studies I would not have had the chance to be a Peace Scholar and represent my university in Norway.

My point is that everyone has their own time frame and sometimes we can rush to finish and possibly miss out on opportunities. If there’s anything that I have learned in college, it is that God has his perfect timing and what is meant for you will find you. Don’t try to follow what others are doing, but take your time because your undergraduate years are some of the most important years for establishing a solid foundation.

Love, Micaiah Rose

Living Deeply

“I must be a mermaid… I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living” -Anais Nin

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I stumbled upon this quote a while back and it really spoke to me about how quite often my fears are the opposite of what this quote says. Sometimes shallow living can be safer but is often not as rewarding. I am on a journey to discover what shallow living looks like in all areas of my life. This quote has helped me to finally have a direction for my BLOG for 2017, which will be living DEEPLY!! Whether it’s in school, relationships or experiences I hope to provide advice and stories of successes and even challenges I have faced while pursuing a deeper life.

Kind Words or Kind Intentions?

“If you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say it at all”? * I used to believe this phrase wholeheartedly; however, now I have adopted a different life philosophy. We should strive to be as honest, loving and transparent as we possibly can and pulling this off can be extremely challenging but one of the healthiest things that we can do for ourselves and others. What do you think? I’d love to hear all of you thoughts!!!