Well, it's been an intense few months working towards completing my undergrad and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. A month ago, I hadn't the slightest idea what I would be doing upon my return from Ghana. Today I am happy and excited to say that I have accepted an offer to study at the University of Manchester. Starting in September I will be studying a Master of Arts in International Development, focusing on Poverty, Conflict and Reconstruction, where I hope to further engage my interest in water issues.
The road to this point hasn't been easy. My initial number one choice was the University of Oxford, for which I was promptly denied acceptance in a mere 3 weeks after I submitted my application. But, I am thankful for this. Had I not been rejected, I wouldn't have found the program at Manchester, and I'm pretty sure this is a much better fit for me and my academic/career interests.
In addition to the offer at Manchester, I have had the surreal experience of turning down alternative offers. This included a spot at the London School of Economics (LSE) and a full ride to the University of Waterloo. LSE's program seemed a good fit, but not as much as Manchester, and I couldn't let the money guide a decision to study a program I knew deep down did not meet my interests, which was the case of Waterloo. I am still awaiting word from one final institution, but I don't feel I need to know their decision. I'm feeling confident and content with the decision I have made today.
So, a big road ahead. Many new adventures to look forward to, and challenges to tackle, and I cannot wait to face them all head on! I will admit, however, I do feel a slight sadness knowing that my Mom isn't hear to experience all of this with me. But, I can't help but wonder, if she were still here, would I even have the guts to do all of this? I'm not sure I would...
the Orange Canadian