I’m moving to Switzerland. For how long? Who knows? Let me put it this way: I bought a one-way ticket.
In my previous post I wrote a few departing thoughts after graduating from Creighton University, and I looked back on what I’ve done and what I’ve accomplished in the last four years. But now it’s time to look towards the future and see where I’m heading. It’s time to solidify my goals, and find some new adventures. And I’d say, I’m off to a pretty good start.
As I mentioned before, I graduated a semester early, and that gave me lots of time to think, time to travel, and time to figure out my next steps after college. Traveling is a fantastic way to set new goals and clear your mind. It gives you the ability to have new experiences, to get away from the “real world” for a bit, and to embrace change constantly. You don’t just learn more about the place you are traveling to when you are there, but you learn more about yourself, especially if you decide to travel solo (something that no one should be afraid to experience). If you’re new to my blog, follow this link and read through my posts from the month I spent traveling Europe. It was the perfect break and a great segue into my next step in life.
I don’t think that too many people take the time to just take a step back from life. It’s hard. Maybe you don’t have the time, maybe you don’t have the money, maybe traveling isn’t even something that interests you (I’d love to chat with you and get your take on that if that’s the case). But even if it’s a few minutes here and there, it’s completely worth it to step back and relax. Even when I’m at work I make sure I take 30 minutes out of my lunch to take a walk around the city. Sunlight, fresh air, and some movement work great in setting up the last half of the day.
But when you take more than a few minutes here and there, say a couple of days or even weeks, to take a step back, what you get is even more rewarding. You learn more, get more rest, become more creative, and become more healthy as a result. And the effects last far longer than the last day of vacation. (Here’s a great article from NPR about it).
The bottom line is: take the time that you can afford. Do what is good for you, and you will feel the benefits. A few minutes, a few days, a week, or a month; do what makes you feel happy, refreshed, stronger, more creative, more yourself. I can’t suggest it enough.
— stop. take a breather (or a coffee break)—
So, I traveled for a month. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Arriving back home in late January, I was able to put my full effort into looking for jobs across the globe: LA, Denver, Chicago, New York, Berlin, Zürich…nothing was off-limits.
I found out about some amazing companies, many of them with awesome people doing super cool work. But, eventually, one city came calling, and that was Zürich.
In Zürich I found an advertising design agency called ICON Worldwide. I’ll be working as a graphic design intern for at least three months, and it’s likely I’ll be staying there for even longer. New York and Berlin are definitely still calling my name, but for now I’ll be living in the cleanest (and most expensive) city in the world!
Everyone I’ve talked to kept saying things like: “How did you even find out about it?” or, “I’m so jealous! That’s such a cool opportunity.” And I agree with you. It is. It’s incredible, really. When I started looking for jobs, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I just knew a few things:
- I want to do something creative (design, photography, or film).
- I want to travel.
- I want to push myself.
And the one big thing tying these goals together is: I don’t want to be stagnant. Stagnation is deadly. Moving forward without clear goals is just as bad. I had taken time to figure out my goals and to push ever closer to completing them. And that shows.
Zurich is my next step, and I’m able to move so much closer to my goals with this one huge leap. But getting here didn’t come easy.
I’m a firm believer that anyone can accomplish their goals, but it takes determination, crazy determination. It takes perseverance and a steadfastness that is incredibly difficult to adhere to. But the rewards are outstanding. I’m not far in my career, I’m just starting out, really, but so far I have built myself up so that I was able to succeed in my application and accept a position so far out of most people’s “norm”.
Growing up in a multicultural household helped a lot, but it was my studies and experiences in college that solidified everything. I studied abroad, twice, and traveled further while I was in Europe; I developed myself creatively and continued learning German, earning a double major and a minor, respectively; I pushed myself, graduating a semester early, giving me the time to rest, refresh, and push further forward; and somehow, through it all, I even managed to graduate summa cum laude.
It’s not an effort that I did by myself. And as I said in my previous post, there are so many people who I am grateful for. However, the biggest push came from within, and that’s what matters most. If you are not willing to push yourself, you will always stay stagnant.
Strive to achieve, push boundaries, question everything, stay hungry, be great. Persist, and you’ll achieve your goals. That’s what I’ll be doing. And maybe I’m just another 22-year-old with big ideas and no sense of reality, but I can say one thing: it’s gotten me this far.
So, for now that’s all. Sorry for the wordy post, but there’ll be plenty of pictures once I settle into Zürich.
P.S. Ok, so I said I was done, but there are a few more things I wanted to mention:
- There’s this cool little box on the right where you can put your email in to subscribe to my blog. That means you get a nice email when I write a post. No surprises. You’ll be the first to know! (Also, there’s no spam, so what are you waiting for?).
- I don’t post super regularly. It happens. But I do use Instagram every day, so follow me on there. (I’m pretty sure most of you do already, but check it out if you haven’t: @marcomeyerphoto).
- “Stop with the self promotion” – you. Sorry.
- One last thing. Just do it. Whatever you’re on the fence about, whatever decision your trying to make, just do it. There’s little chance you’ll regret it. Unless it’s drugs. Don’t do drugs.
Thanks for reading. 🙂