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I’m Going To The Land Down Unda!

Well, the deed has been done. I’ve applied for and received my VISA to live, work and travel in Australia for a year.  After graduation, it’s one big adios to the good ole U.S. of A. for me, and a “G’Day Mate” to one of the most gorgeous cities in the world, Sydney, Australia. I want to thank everyone who has supported me with all of my wild and crazy decisions I’ve made that’s led me to this point in my life.

When I met my boyfriend in Dublin, we only knew each other for a few days, but we both knew that we had to see each other again. A week later, I bought a plane ticket to Spain to spend the next ten days with him traveling to Barcelona, Berlin for New Years, and London.

By the time we were both about to leave London to fly to our respective homes, we knew it was meant to be.  This lead to him flying over to the United States for three months and lead to me having the talk with my parents and booking my year abroad in Australia.

All of this has been a whirlwind of travel, emotion, money, and most importantly, love, and I truly wouldn’t have had the courage to pursue our relationship without the encouragement of some of you reading this.

Before, graduation seemed like a daunting, life-ending, doom-impending date in my head, looming the near end of all adventure. Now, I truly can’t wait to graduate and start this new chapter of my life in a country that quite literally is the farthest away from home that I could’ve picked.

Many of you have asked me how I can “get away” with postponing the real world. And the only way I can really respond to this is that this is my real world.

I’ll be applying for “real” jobs just as many postgraduates do. I’ll be working just as hard as most postgraduates will be. I’ll be saving every penny I can. I’ll be missing my family, just like many postgraduates do when they move away to a new city.  I’ll be having moments of uncertainty of the future. But mainly, I’ll be enjoying a regular post grad life, just 12,000 miles away from my hometown.

So as this semester comes to an end, with just a mere six weeks left, I am happy to say that this is my real world, and it totally, 1000% can be yours too. Whether it’s a new country, a new state, or a few miles away from home, every new chapter is a new adventure in your life. With those adventures comes ups and downs and everything in between.  I am so excited for everything to come, and I’m so proud of all my friends graduating this year, taking a leap of faith, and following their dreams.

Come to Australia:

With that, come visit me in Sydney. They’ve got cool accents, kangaroos and vegemite…
And follow me on Twitter and Instagram for my adventures leading up to this big move!

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  • Reply Cindy Schwantes March 17, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Great post! It makes me happy & sad at the same time!

    Sent from my iPad

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