Congratulations, you have reached a new milestone in your life! All those hours studying at the library and campus hall, endless days of consulting your professors, sleepless nights spent making a steady stream of papers... they all lead to this very moment, the end of your campus life and the beginning of your entrance to the real world. We get it: you're excited, confused, happy, sad, relieved and afraid at the same time. It's okay! These are normal feelings to have when you're entering a new phase in life.
But as a famous pop song puts it, it's time to cast your fears aside because you know you can survive. Think about it: you wouldn't go this far if you didn't have the goods, would you? As Oprah Winfrey said in her recent graduation speech at Harvard University: there is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.
After all, your 20s is all about trying things out and figuring out what's right for you - and what isn't. It's not about getting it right. It's not about making no mistakes. In fact, it's about making a lot of mistakes and learning from them! Don't be afraid and don't limit yourself. Become friends with people who aren't your age. Hang out with people whose first language isn't the same as yours. Get to know people who do not come from your social class. This is how you see the world. This is how you grow!
Remember that the real challenge in life is to build a résumé that doesn’t simply tell a story about what you want to be, but it’s a story about who you want to be. It’s a résumé that doesn’t just tell a story about what you want to accomplish but why. A story that’s not just a collection of titles and positions, but a story that’s really about your purpose. Because when you inevitably stumble and find yourself stuck in a hole that is the story that will get you out.
You might have a little anxiety now and hesitation about leaving the comfort of university and putting your credentials to the test. But no matter what challenges or setbacks or disappointments you may encounter along the way, you will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal - there really is only one, and that is this: to fulfill the highest, most truthful expression of yourself as a human being. You want to max out your humanity by using your energy to lift yourself up, your family and the people around you.
The world is in your hands and you are more than capable to take it on. You will be happy, you will be successful and you will make a difference in the world. We believe in you!
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At the mention of the word ‘savanna', your mind probably wanders to the vast grassy plains of Africa. But do you know that there are actually a few savannas in the world that are worthy of your attention? Even more surprising, some of the best ones are located in Indonesia, ready to be explored to your heart’s content. To celebrate the release of the new Disney's Photo-Realistic Animation THE LION KING, let's unleash our inner Simba or Nala, it’s time to roam here in our 5 picks of the most beautiful savannas in the world:
Said to be a major inspiration to the movie Lion King, the Serengeti which is located near Cape Town (www.sweetescape.com/en/cities/capetown) goes as far as the eye can see- and then some more. The seemingly endless grassland is located in Tanzania, Africa and is one of Africa’s most classic safari destinations. It’s the home of the Big Five, over 500 species of birds and Africa’s most well-known great wildebeest migration.
With countless tour packages available for your choosing, more and more attractions are introduced including hot air balloon, camping, walking safaris and so on. Excitement aside, nothing beats the tranquility of just sitting and waiting for sunset or admiring the landscape up close.
Home to East Sumba’s savanna, the grassland expanse is an iconic jewel that will struck any traveler with an awe-inspiring wonder. Just a 30-minute drive from Waingapu, the open stretches of grassland gets even more dramatic with backdrop of rolling hills at one side and oceanic stretch at the other. Cue in the galloping sandalwood horses and there you have it, the best nature scene one could ever wish for.
In fact, the golden-yellow savanna and blue skies have made the screen plenty of times in the movies. It’s also a highly-requested prewedding location, all thanks to the beach that is adjacent to the meadow with the same name.
The Palouse is the most serene and pastoral of the seven wonders of Washington. Located in the Southeast area of the state, the grassland boasts a unique landscape that is also a designated wheat and barley plantations. As the produce matures from time to time, the Palouse changes in colors too, from lush shades of green in Spring to crispy harvest brown in summer.
The meadow is a gem that captivates the hearts of many photographers, ready to hunt for the next most picturesque memory under the sun. One thing is for sure, with such wonderful sight to see, any shot is going to be as good as it gets.
We’re not kidding when we say some of the best savannas in the world is in Indonesia. Just check out our next contender, Savana Selo that is nicknamed after the pathway to reach it. With the majestic mount Merbabu as the backdrop, you can expect to find a few savanna spots, all with the same exotic yet carefree panorama. The beauty often stops hikers in their tracks, inviting them to take a long rest while absorbing the fresh view it has to offer.
Plenty of other mountains in Indonesia also share the same geographical feature of mountainous savannas. To name a few, there are Mount Sindoro, Mount Lawu, Mount Bromo, Mount Argopura and the list continues! So if you are yet to step foot in Africa or other foreign countries, Nusantara beckons your savanna visit anytime of the day.
Nothing gets more instagrammable than the stretch of lovely pink savanna in the form of one endless park. It’s one of the most visited places in Korea during autumn, the pinkish and violet grass sway dreamily like one huge fluffy carpet.
The pink sea of flowers is not the only thing that you get to enjoy, because Nari Park also houses many different other floral species that share one thing in common : extra prettiness! Just get your camera ready and prepare to experience a day of natural beauty at its finest height.
Whichever savanna you decide to experience the "Circle of Life", let SweetEscape make those festive colors and joyful memories last a lifetime in print! We connect you to 2000+ professional photographers in more than 400 cities around the world, so all you have to do is to create your memories, while we take great photos of your every moment! (Use the code FIRSTESCAPE on your first SweetEscape booking to get USD50 off and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!