Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My First Post!

Current Location: New York, NY

Hello all! Recently, I realized that I have been traveling more than usual - and this summer coming up will involve me traveling even more. So I figured rather than leaving everyone wondering, where is Jenni today, I would start keeping a blog with my varied experiences everywhere I go.

The past year has had me going all over the place - London, Paris, New York, Florida, North Carolina, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. As is evident by the diverse list of countries, I have had some of the most exciting and different experiences over the past year, and I have gained a different perspective from each of them. This summer, I have a three-fold sort of adventure. First, I will be spending the first month in NYC, working and attempting to have some fun (though it must be cheap fun!). I've got the wedding of my roommate for the first two years of college, Nicole, this week, and then I think memorial day might be spend on the Jersey Shore! Mainly, I will just be enjoying the city. I plan on running outside a lot, and helping my sister and her boyfriend Nate get settled when they move up in June!

Next, for the month of July, I will be in Paris! I have visited once, and spent 3 days in Paris (which is far too few in my opinion). However, this summer I will be staying there for a month with a program to learn French. Why might you ask? Because I think it is important to understand multiple languages and cultures. Americans are fooling themselves if they think that English is the most important language! I hope to have a working knowledge of French after this summer (I'm already working on it with my Rosetta Stone). On this trip I will hopefully make a few trips - it is looking like Brussels and maybe Nice will be the two I take.

Finally, the last third of my summer is a bit in the air. if everything works out according to plan, I will end up in Ghana for the month of August with this amazing program called Piece it Together. PiT focuses on teaching students in Ghana engineering and science, focusing on experiments and projects. It would give me another opportunity to see a third world country and the issues that they face (much like I did in Haiti this spring), as well as the ability to really help the people there. It's something that I am passionate about, creating in country solutions that can be sustained by the local people, rather than relying on outside aid constantly. If this doesn't work out, I will instead head back to Florida for a few weeks before returning to NYC for some work and school.

Well that is my first entry! After this, I will probably post more day to day information about my oh os exciting life! I will do my best not to bore you :)

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