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Update on my life – Belmont University and Travel

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My life is crazy, and I mean it in a really cool way.

Machu Picchu

Last week I celebrated the end of my school session in Argentina with a trip to Peru. It was the second time I had visited the country – and the first time I had visited a country other than the U.S. more than once.

Lima’s Touristy Miraflores District seemed to be doing much better than before. I saw almost no beggars on the street and the streets seemed much cleaner than when I was last there in 2006. Last time I was there, the beggars were so prevalent and so zombie-like in their tones of voice and movement that it was reminiscent of South Park’s “Night of the Living Homeless”. I felt bad, but the reality was when I gave someone anything, many more crowded in to get more from me and the one(s) who received my money would keep asking as if I hadn’t given them anything at all. It was very sad, yet it made me laugh later because I didn’t know how to react.

Three things I recommend if you want to go to Peru:

1. Try Inca Cola. It is their most popular soda and it tastes like carbonated-bubble-gum. Yes, I know it sounds weird, but try it to see how you like it.

2. Coca Tea. It makes me drowsy but most people get a small kick out of it. The leaves are chewed by indigenous people who live in the mountainous southeast in the Andes because it numbs their senses to the volatile temperatures that accompany that part of the country. Fun fact: Coca leaves come from the same plant that is used to make cocaine. The thing is, the leaves are so absent of the drug-like chemicals contained in the plant that it would take hundreds of bags of the leaves to get the equivalent of one ounce of the white powder. For that reason, it is not only legal, but also safe to consume if you are worried about health issues. You can even buy one or two boxes of the tea (in tea bags) and take it back to the U.S. without trouble (it’s so harmless in that state that no one cares). ¡Hoja de Coca, no es droga!

3. Machu Picchu. This was my second time to Peru, but my first time to this famous Inca Ruin. It takes about 2.5-3 hours by train to get from Cusco to the town at the foot of the mountain ruins. After you pass through this skinny tunnel with a slanted rock on one side and the brick wall of a hut on the other, you turn to your right to see the most crazy combination of city and mountain you have ever seen. If you have seen it on television, forget what you have seen, because seeing it in person makes it feel at least three times larger.

Anyway, I had a great time, and out of the five South American countries I have visited, it is my favorite South-American country so far.

Belmont University

College is worth all the money for usually three reasons. One, to get education. Two, to get credibility so people that society deems “important” will listen to you. Then there is number three: to get connections in the industry. My current university in Texas was the best school I had gone to when you compare it to the community college in Alaska that I had to go to earlier in life. It had friendlier people, a more efficient system because it was a privatized, and was in the heartland of America, giving me access to major cities and more opportunities to try new things.

What it lacked, however, was that third key: industry connections. Seeing as music is something I am really committed to, business marketing, my current major, is very useful for that.

There was a problem though. I participated in the strongest entrepreneurial program (even as a volunteer and in leadership roles) that the school had and noticed that at the job conventions the only people looking to hire me after graduation were corporations like Wal Mart, Best Buy, Aflac, Dell, or Kraft. As someone who goes to school to avoid working at places like Wal Mart or Best Buy, I prefer to keep my relationships with such companies as far as buying a digital camera or making macaroni in 10 minutes. Clearly, I was not going to get the industry connections I needed there.

After searching schools I discovered Belmont, the second largest private school in Tennessee. Owned by Baptists, it is also a Christian school. Not only have grammy-winning artists come out of that place, but it also boasts one of the top music business major programs in the country. I was sold on going when I read on their website “students who have interests other than in the music industry also have a place at Belmont”. Clearly, by switching I would be receiving better education for my interests, getting a higher credibility rating because it is a well known institution in the American music market (both Secularly and in the Christian markets), and getting those connections for that work experience I will not go through life without.

In addition, I can make friends with like-minded individuals, gaining the ability to build onto a team of great people who want to lead and change the way people think through business and music.

Where do I go from here?

I did all the things I can do to get in, and I am sure I will get in. Now I just need to get my stuff together upon my return to the states before New Year’s, travel to Belmont, choose classes with help of a counselor, and get settled in by January 13th.

If God wanted to create a heaven on earth based upon my interests, it would be like Belmont but with year-long summers and beaches. Beaches aside, I feel like this is where he is sending me now.

Like all plans, I feel there is no other place I should be right now. Also, like other plans, I know that obstacles do come up and I need to keep moving forward regardless of what happens. I need to follow my own advice and keep improving, becoming so good that no one can ignore me.


December 13, 2009 - Posted by | Personal |

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