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Who says you need to follow the beaten path? There’s a reason that the trail is so worn down and its because today’s young adults are ushered blindly in a direction of college and a subsequent career, without ever questioning what is it that I really want to do? Though I could have easily started college and gone through the motions, I’m challenging myself to be comfortable with the uncomfortable, and get out of my element. I want to know where I fit in this crazy world and what I can do to alleviate some of the messiness, harm, and pain that us as humans are causing.
By living in a community with a host family I hope to do just that: Learn more about other cultures, figure out not only who I am but what I want my priorities to be, and what steps are next in my life. I cannot wait to grow into a family and experience the love of yet another latino culture. The goal is not to change, not to teach, and not to judge, but simply learn as much as I can from the people I will soon call my second family.
Though this initial post kicks off the year with a more structured approach to blogging, my hope is to broaden these posts to quotes I find, stories I hear, and moments I live over the following eight months. I cannot wait to get this process started and would love to have you follow along the way if you feel inclined to do so!
About William Shain
Will is passionate about Environmental Sustainability. Throughout his high school career Will was involved in his school's Environmental Club, the Challenge Success movement, and restorative justice campaigns. His goals for the year are to play soccer with his community, better grasp the Spanish language, and experience something new everyday. My favorite quote could definitely be applied to my participation in Global Citizen Year. "To each their own" is one of the most interesting sentences in this language for me, as I genuinely believe everyone has a different path that they are both destined for and will venture on. I can't wait to see where the 2019 Cohort takes us!