Photo courtesy of Rita Eisner
It’s been nearly a year since my last post and to say the least, much has changed over that time.
I completed my Bachelor’s Degree from York College in May, spent the following three months completing my capstone internship with the Florida Collegiate Summer League, and have entered into the next stage of my life.
Tomorrow marks two weeks since I boarded a plane and departed home for Phoenix, Arizona.
After months of deliberation, I’ve courageously chosen to embark on the pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Sport Journalism. Thanks to the decision that I’ve made, the Cronkite School at Arizona State University has become my new home for the next 12-18 months.
The path here is one I’m profoundly pleased with but at times has left me muddled.
The past two years of my life have taught me many things. The two that stand out most are to never underestimate the uncertainty of life and to never hinder your own ability to charge full speed into new and unfamiliar experiences. But, to rather embrace them.
Two years ago, attending graduate school over 2,000 miles away from home seemed like a pipe dream. I had never left home for more than a few weeks prior to this summer and I most certainly didn’t have it in me to make such a magnificent life decision. The innate want to take risks in life and venture into things I’ve never done before has always been ingrained in me. Perhaps not as visible as now, but it’s always been a part of who I am.
It wasn’t until the end of high school that living in Manchester made me feel so small. By small I don’t mean short in stature. More so, like I wasn’t being seen.
I guess you could say Manchester made me feel trapped. Like I wasn’t making the right choices or making the most of my opportunities.
Growing up in a small town, you can sometimes feel shut off from the rest of the world. Not in the sense that you’re unaware of what’s happening, but in a way that makes you feel constrained from everything that the world has to offer.
Shakespeare’s famous line that now translates to “the world is your oyster,” has resonated with me in more ways than I could have ever imagined.
The next adventure in my life has brought me to the southwest and I couldn’t be more satisfied. The dry desert heat greeted me upon my arrival and it’s been surprisingly refreshing.
The humid summers of the East Coast often leave you wanting to be elsewhere and it’s a change I’m more than embracing. Especially after being in Florida all summer… that oppressive humidity is not for me.
With this as the backdrop for my new home, it’s tough to complain about the 100 degree heat.
As for the Cronkite School, I feel extremely fortunate to be in the hands of a prestigious faculty and incredibly diverse group of future journalists. Not to mention the jarring facilities and resources that the program has to offer. I don’t usually say so but, I’ve been blessed.
There’s much to be done over the next 12-18 months. Friendships to be made. Mentors to be discovered. Places to be explored. More importantly… stories to be told.
Please feel free to check in with me from time to time as I keep you up to date on my ongoing journey.