à chercher

You might be wondering what ” à chercher” means and why I decided to name my blog article it. Well, besides the self-serving reasons like it sounded cool and the fact that I wanted to make my 7 years of French courses count for something, I spent a few days reflecting on my inspiration to embark on such a world expedition.

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You see, I Just graduated from a small liberal arts college in the middle of Iowa, USA. But what is significant about this is that I grew up 30 minutes away from my college. Although I am from the largest city in Iowa, Des Moines, it is still pretty small. Due in fact to my growing up in a Des Moines suburb, attending a school right outside of it, and working many internships and jobs in Des Moines- I can’t go anywhere without knowing someone.

Not that this is bad by any means, in fact, I am glad I decided to attend Simpson College. I have had many opportunities to travel, meet people across the country at leadership conferences, and work & advocate for issues I care about. But it is through all of these experiences that I realized how big the world really is. There is so much to see, to do, and to experience.

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My small liberal arts college supported me in my many interests and therefore, allowed me to adjust my life goals. I found fascination in religions, cultures, and policy. Through my studies, I have concluded many of our current political tensions are due in fact to the lack of understanding of other religions. 99% of Muslims are peaceful- creating policy to exclude Muslims from the United States is not only racist, religiously intolerant, but just un-American. The United States has welcomed millions of people with open arms- it is silly not to continue this tradition.

I hope to make a difference in the world through policy.. but before I do that, I need to experience and embrace the world I inhabit. Before I can change it, I need to understand those across the ocean. I am out to experience the beauty of people, the ugly of colonization, and to swim with a whale.

So, I a spending the summer interning at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti, Djibouti as I work with the Public Diplomacy Officer. After that.. who knows where life takes me before I head to Malaysia to teach English as a Fulbright Scholar.  Life is a journey, so I am accepting the uncertainty in my ill-defined return date.

I hope you take the time to share my journey with me. Stay tuned as I post about cultural oddities, my experiences at the U.S. Embassy, and new foods I dare myself to try.

 

Cheers to the uncertainty of life, to technological advances allowing me to document the next year and a half of my life, and of course to you, the reader, who is taking time out to follow my adventures.

-Bills

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