At 21, I have travelled the world. Quite literally in fact. I was raised on the beautiful tropical island of Oahu, Hawaii and now annually make the 12 time zone voyage around the globe to attend University in Rome, Italy. Travelling to such an extent has been critical in shaping who I am today. I have been exposed to cultures very unlike my own, and have subconsciously absorbed them into my being.
Growing up on a secluded rock in the Pacific was undoubtedly an incredible childhood, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I essentially grew up in a postcard, with waves breaking around me, and palm trees quietly rustling above me. I am always asked, “why would you ever leave?” It is a simple question at first, yet the answer is a bit more intricate. The fact is, that while living on an island gave me an incredible childhood and a particular perspective of the world, I was unaware of its uniqueness until I travelled abroad.
The seclusion of living on a rock in the Pacific made me realize a simple truth; that travelling and involving oneself in exceptional experiences is critical in expanding our conscious. One can read of places in a textbook or watch them in movies, but until you yourself physically make the voyage you will realize that while ignorance may be bliss, in the end it is still simple ignorance. It’s foundation lies in apathy, and it loosely defines our developing generation. It is a typical lethargy to the world outside of our own, and it has deteriorated our sense of worth. The consensus seems to be that we have a right to enjoy the benefits of today’s society without a thought to those who created it; nor to the culture we ourselves are creating every day. Whether we decide to take part in its design or not, this new culture surpasses the predefined borders of our youth and expands to include far-off locals that we may never call on…So I ask, why don’t we?
Why don’t we burst our bubble of comfort and security? In fact, chance the opportunity to never be content with the status quo. Reach, and then reach further for new opportunities, new occasions, and new obligations. Never before has our world and its wonders been so within our grasp, or so ready to be seized.
“Carpe Diem”, as the Romans would say. Seize the day. I’ve decided for this to be the recurring theme with this blog. One, because it is a proverb I think of daily and I am a sucker for cliché and cheesiness (as you will undoubtedly see). More importantly, it is because I think these two words represent our newly globalized generation in realizing and appreciating our world to the extent it should be enjoyed. Mostly, I will write anecdotes about my global journey and things that I notice to be applicable and worth mentioning in line with this motif.
My name is Nick Gambino, and I am an International student. Now, let me show you how.
JCU Class of 2015
Major: International Affairs
Hometown: Kailua, HI