Finding Myself in Ancient Greece
Organized by: Bethany Huston
As a young college graduate, I cherish my independence and feel blessed by life. My family has always been there to support me and cherish my accomplishments, throughout my childhood and into my college years. Now I am finding what it means to truly be independent and live away from home and away from school in the real world. I spent my four years of college at Pacific Lutheran University playing volleyball and studying to be a biologist. I have found myself questing life like I have never before, and the purpose of it all. It has been a year since I have graduated, and I still find myself more than ever questioning what it means to be a part of this world. The more I question my purpose in the world and my possible career paths, the more I want to work towards a life helping others. Currently working as a medical scribe, I have seen firsthand the need for nurses in the hospital setting, the large amount of patient contact they receive, as well as the thoughtful and knowledgeable care they give. I would love to be a part of that, therefore I am planning on going back to school to get my second bachelors of science in nursing, and possibly going on to a masters or ARNP degree. The plan is to apply for accelerated bachelors programs, which would last from 1 to 2 years. I would love, and also need to take this trip to Greece before I return to school.
Traveling to Greece has been my dream since I can remember. I do not know if it due to the beautiful views, the appetizing cuisine, or the ancient culture and sites, though I do know that I long for this country. I have received a possibly once in a lifetime opportunity to travel with a group of people to Athens, Delphi, the Meteora Region, Corfu, Rio, Nauplia, and Santorini under the care of who I have heard is an amazing, native Greek tour guide. This is my last opportunity to travel before I return to school, and begin my career as a registered nurse.
Not only is helping others one of the most fundamental purposes in this life, but also finding one’s self. I have grown up physically, mentally, and emotionally this past year and in no way has it been easy. I believe that one of the only ways to grow is to go through a challenge or hard ship. From stressful coursework to deaths in the family, break ups, numerous moves, and questioning my future, there has been no shortage. Though in there lies to beauty of life. I would not know what I do now without these events. Another way I have grown is through traveling. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to study ecology in Ecuador in January 2014. I spent a month in Ecuador with a group of my peers, and I cannot tell you how much I grew during that adventure. Not only did I learn about the cultures and living situations of various communities in the country, I also was able to cast my eyes on the most unbelievable sites and live in the most remarkable ways. When you understand what certain people find most important in the world, these are the moments when you are humbled and grow within yourself. You realize that the world is a big, big place and you are very small. Your purpose in this world may be unknown even to you, but to make a difference all you need to do is be kind to others and help any way you can. Hopefully traveling to Greece will enable me to see a very different culture than I have ever known, and give me an insight on what is most important in the world to me.