Jessica Blessing's Entry

$10,000 to Study Abroad with AIFS

The Joy in New Discoveries.

The opportunity to study abroad is one in which I am eternally grateful for. I'm constantly looking for ways to expand my horizons and better myself, and I find the greatest excitement in learning new things, especially about people and their cultures. The best way to do this is to go right to the source, meet new people, learn new languages, and eat people's family recipes. I'm hoping to earn this scholarship to make that pathway a little bit easier to walk down. With this new experience, I can bring knowledge and parcels from other countries to my own country, to my friends and to my school. There are just certain things that you can't know about unless you experience it and travel to as many places as you can go, soaking information up the whole way. There may be things which the people of Italy have all figured out that those in my community might not, and I can bring that knowledge back to better old tactics with fresh ideas. I'll be proud to assimilate other people's thoughts into not only my own thoughts, but also into everyday life which might impact those around me. I think it's very healthy to change your routines, to shake your ideas of a "norm". And this can never happen if you never explore beyond your own backyard.  
This chance to travel and study in a foreign country is truly a blessing. Words can not explain the feeling that arises when I think of what it will be like to learn about famous artists while making art in their hometown; the excitement I feel when I consider the possibilities of wandering through streets I've never seen before, hearing languages I can not understand. That's a whole other sense of the word "Heaven". I look forward to touching my feet to the soil of countries I've only dreamed about in the past, and that is why I'm doing what I am to get there as soon as possible. 
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About Jessica:
Jessica Blessing is a student at Sage College of Albany and has applied to win One of 2 $5,000 study abroad scholarships from AIFS. Jessica would like to win this scholarship to study abroad in Florence, Italy. You can help Jessica win by 'Liking' the above entry and sharing this entry to your social networks, encouraging your friends to do the same!

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