Honing My Vision, and Putting in the Work

Today I take flight to add to my education. I have learned so much, but still have so much farther to go. Education makes me happy (although at some points in my life, schooling hasn’t always) and gives me tools I need to bring meaning to my own life and hopefully make the world a better place. Education is so critical to life that, to me, education is an end in itself. Hopefully, it will be much more.

I embark for Barcelona; a beautiful, vibrant city that I have twice visited. Today, I think and feel much differently than I did then, so in many ways it will be like my first time. I am more conscious of my health and what I investments I need to make to fulfill my goals. My good intentions have become more actionable with increased clarity, focus, thought, and planning. I’m ready to quench my thirst to make more significant positive impacts in the world, and I’ve devoted a lot of thought and energy into tilting my ambitions to development economics and policy economics geared toward equitable growth. Graduate school at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics is the vehicle that I have chosen to adapt and evolve my skill set from business person and financial analyst to development/policy economist. I intend to maximize this opportunity and make this my best all-around educational experience yet.

I am lucky, I am thankful, I am free, and I will not waste any of these blessings. The pain and adversity of others is a reality that constantly concerns and motivates me. I want to give back to the world what has been given to me, so my focus and energy must stay the course.  Thank you to the hundreds of people who have helped shape me and given me these opportunities in ways big and small, but most of all thank you to my family.

I feel more alive and awake than ever, and I must reach ever greater heights by challenging myself. So Barcelona, Spain, here I come!

This old world is a new world, and a bold world for me… and I’m feelin’ GOOO-OOOOOOOOD!!!

–Nina Simone, Feeling Good

(written 8/19/14; image © Benjamin Anderson 2014)

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