He said: Forget the plan and choose your adventure
Internships, internships, internships! I feel like that’s all we are ever told to do on our summer breaks. Anything else – getting a job, traveling, just hanging out with friends or doing something different – seem to be looked down upon.
Don’t get me wrong, I think internships can be a great thing. They help you get job experience and can often shape your career path. But, it’s not the only thing you can do over the summer, and not doing an internship doesn’t screw over your future like people might try to convince you.
Maybe it’s just my hipster heart crying out, but I think we shouldn’t just do everything we’re told or encouraged to do. I think we should think for ourselves to see what’s best.
I spent the summer on a mission trip for two months in Mexico. I was in a small state in the Southern part of the state called Oaxaca. Yes, that’s were Nacho Libre was filmed and yes, I went to a real Lucha Libre match just like from the movie (I actually got to see two people from the movie, no big deal, but that’s a story for a different day).
Everyone asked me when I got back what a typical day looked like, and that is quite a tough question to answer. We didn’t go by a master schedule like I was used to but instead simply took it one day at a time – and I loved it. Some days we went to an orphanage and played with the kids, other days we helped out churches in the area and other days we just hung out with the people and built relationships.
If I had to sum it all up in one word, I would call it a pure “adventure.” It wasn’t your typical 9-5 job and it wasn’t your typical summer. It was a summer I’ll never forget, not just because of the experiences, but because of the people we met.
It’s because of the 7-year-old boy at the orphanage who hopped up on my shoulders every time I saw him. It’s because of my friend who took me to the Lucha Libre match, went to the Sunday market with me and continues to stay in touch on Facebook. And it’s definitely because of my team, whom I think about and pray for every day.
Eight months out of the year are already planned for us. We have our classes, go to football games, make new friends and hang out in Blacksburg (and find random things to do when there seems to be no better options). So this summer, I chose not to have my whopping three-month summer break planned for me. I chose to go on an adventure I would never forget.