How I live the break of Independence Day

I was productive during the break of July 4th holiday. First, I spoke on the phone with a city council, then I began my arrangement to move to Pittsburgh next month. Those experiences are seemingly not exciting but in my case they were. It was the first time I made that in my whole life, either look for apartment online, or speak to a city responsible. For this reason, dear readers, I want to share those amazing experiences with you.

From the very beginning, I felt uneasy to write or to call a responsible in the local government. But, I knew that I had to do it because it is important for my class. Given that I was a little sick during the week and missed all the other elective activities, I had to get out of my comfort zone and reach out to at least one city council. I checked online, and took the email address of three of them. Afterwards, I wrote three quite formal email (humbly in my perspective) and send to them. Unfortunately, they were too busy to answer right away. So, I have decided to step out of my coward zone and to be bold enough to call one of them. “It is not about life and death”, I kept whispering that to myself to keep my motivation up and to be fearless. So, I called one of them. I can’t say the name in order to stay anonymous. He/She was very kind with me. The conversation was very quick because he/she was driving. But at least, I had the answer of one of my list of questions. I asked about how to participate in the event of council meeting. He/She told that I can check on the website of the city council of Champaign and to look for this information.  That was a very nice experience. He/She told me if I have more questions I can call him/her again or write him/her. Thus, I realize it was not something very difficult. When we have a “I must do it” mentality, we make surprising achievement.

During this “so called break”, I was also making my arrangement to move to Pittsburgh by next month. While for other it was time to have fun and to decompress, for me it was the opposite. I had to set up my flight and look for apartments. Surprisingly, I found out the expensiveness of the apartments in Pittsburgh. However, I looked over and over, and eventually I chose a good one. From these experience, I realize that hoping and determination are important in the pursuit of everything.

In sum, my break was overwhelming. It was paradoxically more overwhelming than class days. During class days, the time goes on very fast, but during the break it is slower. That’s why I prefer to have class instead of having breaks that are very boring.

Author: marclaguerreblog

PhD Student in Civil Engineering at Rice University

One thought on “How I live the break of Independence Day”

  1. I’m sorry you were sick over the break, but it sounds like you were very productive anyway! I agree, it is difficult to step out of your comfort zone, but I’m glad you did and that you’re braver because of it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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