When I grow up I want to be…

University of Houston graduation This whole grad life thing has me thinking a lot about the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

In elementary school I wanted to be an astronaut. Then I found out you had to be good at math and science to do that, so in junior high I settled for a fashion designer. I wanted to design cute dresses full of lace and beads!

1014758_10201592752563408_664309468_o-2Turns out you have to have art skills and know how to sew, so I scratched that idea and headed into high school determined to find my life calling. Luckily I turned out to be pretty good at playing the oboe! Finally I thought I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up and started college as a music performance major.

American festival of the arts 2010

After an internship with a non-profit and a serious discussion with my oboe professor about how getting a symphony job is the equivalent to winning the Olympics, my mind changed yet again. I decided I wanted to start a youth symphony in a developing country when I grew up, so I took some business courses and headed to Spain to learn Spanish.

Sevilla, Spain

While I was in Europe I caught the travel bug and learned about the Peace Corps from a fellow student in the middle of her application. Once again my mind changed and I decided that my after graduation “grown up” plan included joining the Peace Corps!

University of Granada study abroad

Now graduation has come and gone, and I have another question… When do we actually “grow up”? Is there a specific age or life event that marks the reaching of grown up status? Technically I’m done with school, pay my own bills, and do all the things a grown up does; however I’m not done growing.

I don’t know what my “grown up” future entails, but I do know that for the next two years I want to grow as a volunteer in Peru. I’m excited to learn more about business in a developing country and nervous about being so far away from the people I love. I’m itching to speak Spanish again and anxious to meet my Peruvian family, fellow Peru 23ers, and current volunteers.

Continuous growth as a person is half the fun of life and I hope I never reach the point where that time is up.  I can’t wait to enjoy every moment of this opportunity to grow in Peru! 18 days and counting…