This year has not been my normal lead up to Christmas. I’ve been running around sorting out all my pre-departure requirements to leave for Thailand; I’ve been helping out at Bluesky Alternative Investments; I’ve been travelling to and from Canberra; and I’ve been finishing my final ever law assignment at QUT. The lead up to Christmas is the culmination of what has been my best year yet and I decided to get in early by taking some time yesterday to reflect on how lucky I have been.
I made the decision to experience an overseas exchange after receiving an email from QUT advertising the opportunity to complete one. The QUT Business Exchange was so great to deal with in any questions I had that they could assist with, including sponsoring me with a $1000 bursary which was great as this covered most of my tuition for the two-week course.
It sounds like something out of a fairy tale. A girl goes to uni in the big city and learns about the world of entertainment production. She studies for three long years and learns about all the creative, business and law elements that make any piece of entertainment tick. She then graduates and goes to work at the home of entertainment – the most magical place on earth – Walt Disney World.
“You have to earn the right to have an easier life.”
The former Chief Entrepreneur Mark Sowerby coined this phrase to me during a car ride to the Kenmore Rotary Club. It’s a phrase that has changed my perspective on what I now think the business founder journey is all about. For me, an easier life would involve the financial security to take care of friends and loved ones in need. The right would be the culmination of your efforts that you have earned. To earn the right, would require an infinite supply of resilience. I believe the key to founding a successful business and thus, earning the right to an easier life is resilience.
With decorations filling the city of Gothenburg and joyful music playing constantly, the Christmas season is fast approaching! And with the season, comes the many traditions of Christmas. At a recent international dinner, I asked friends how they all celebrated Christmas with their families in their home country. Prepare to be sleighed…
Studying in an American college is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I would highly recommend to any student considering exchange. I have been studying at the University of Minnesota for approximately four months and I wouldn’t change this experience for the world.