When is the best time to do something? Tomorrow? A week, a month, or a year? This is the question that circled my head like a hurricane as I was being accepted by People to People to be a Student Ambassador. I would be traveling to Australia in the summer of 2010 to travel, study in Australia, and feel the joy of cultural discovery. The only problem is this program comes with a hefty price tag. This “Journey of a Lifetime” will cost my family and I 6,000ish for me to go on. Naturally, many questions ran through my head. “Can I really do this?”, “How are you going to raise that much money when you live with your retired grandparents?” Then I stopped …took a deep breath and asked myself the most simple and logical question, the one I live my life by. “What do you want to do?” Of course, my answer was, “Hell yeah, I want to go to Australia!”
Over the course of my life I have learned the best time to do anything is now. A great man once said, “The only thing a man regrets doing, is the things he didn’t do.” Why should I limit my experience in life because of money? Money is by no means something that tells you whether or not you can do something. I don’t care if I live with my grandparents who live on a fixed income; I’m still going to try. The only thing that ever puts a barrier between you and your goal is you. If you want something, and you believe in yourself, you are going to get it. This is the way I live my life, and so far it has worked out incredibly well. I want to have good grades, I got good grades. I want to learn to play guitar, I learned to play guitar. I want an attractive girlfriend, I have an attractive girlfriend. Why is going to Australia and different?
I realize that belief alone is not going to pay for my plane ticket to Australia, but without belief nothing would happen. I am going to have to go the extra mile for this to become reality. 6,000sih is not an easy sum of money to meet and I will have to work very diligently to attain it. However, I already have some great ideas such as a holiday fundraiser, a garage sale, and being sponsored to run at a local race. I have a great deal of work to do in the coming months, but think of how much I already done. I received good grades my entire life for this opportunity to be possible. I was also put through a rigorous interview process of two hundred people and was chosen to be one of the forty Student Ambassadors. I am proud of myself and I believe the hardest part of my journey is already complete.
When I complete my goal, I know I will feel a great sensation of accomplishment. I will go on the journey of a lifetime. I will learn about different cultures of the world, a different government, and become an improved citizen to my own country. More importantly, I will reinforce my belief that anything I desire is an arms reach away, from a job, to college, and even my career. I will not put boundaries on my life because the best time to do anything is now.
250 words research
The research assignment will be accumulated throughout the course. You will be required to choose a country, other than the United States or US territories or US commonwealth, etc. such as Puerto Rico, Guam or the US Virgin Islands.
This week you will collect basic socio-economic data and other relevant description information on your country.During week 1, you need to submit:
the name of the country and it’s geographic location;
basic socio-demographic information, such as population, major ethnic groups, religions, age distribution, educational attainment, etc.;
economic information, such as most important goods and services produced, major categories of imports and exports, GDP, GDP per capita, the name of the national currency; and,
type of government, membership in major international organizations such as the UN, the IMF, the World Bank and major regional organizations such as the EU, the Euro Zone, ASEAN, NAFTA, etc.
Much of this information will also be used in subsequent weeks as you build on what you learn each week.Each week your post must be in a report format, not in a Q