Ten Days Solo in Massachusetts | My Family Travels

During the summer of 2010, the summer before my junior year, I participated in a program known as the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED) (http://www.nylf.org/med/). It is a program that explores health-related career options, which I am interested in pursuing. I participated in the one at Waltham, Massachusetts (a suburb of Boston) at Bentley University, approximately four hours from where I live in New York. This was my first trip alone, as I spent ten days residing in a dorm at Bentley University, away from my family and friends. Although I was nervous, I was excited to visit a town I had never been to. Months prior, I had also expressed an interest to my parents about visiting Boston, Massachusetts as I had heard from friends about how unique and interesting it was.

During this program, I got to experience what living on a college campus is like, as I will be attending a college in Fall 2012. On the drive up to Massachusetts, I admired the scenery, which consists of trees and other nature related objects. Besides hearing lectures on different professions in the health-care field, I also got to visit to places in Boston, such as Harvard Square and Quincy Market. I loved both of these places because they both offered a variety of wonderful shopping and restaurants, but were a toned down version of the louder, more crowded New York City. I also got to visit different medical colleges, including Harvard University (http://www.harvard.edu/) and the University of New England-College of Osteopathic Medicine (http://www.une.edu/) in Maine.

This trip to Massachusetts has impacted my life greatly as it has helped me narrow down which occupation I would like to pursue in the future, which is being a speech therapist. Before attending this forum, I wanted to be a pediatrician. However, this trip triggered this realization as at the Forum, I listened to an audiology lecture, which prompted me to research more on this major when I returned home. After discovering how audiology is often combined with a speech pathology major at an undergraduate level, I decided to research speech pathology also, and discovered that I am slightly more interested in communication than just sound. This trip also impacted my life as it augmented my confidence in being away from home, knowing that I am responsible and independent enough to take care of myself. This is important as those are some of the traits I will need to have if I decide to dorm at college, and eventually later on in life when I will live on my own. I also met a diverse group of friends, who share similar career interests to me, and still talk with today.

Dear Reader: This page may contain affiliate links which may earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Our independent journalism is not influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative unless it is clearly marked as sponsored content. As travel products change, please be sure to reconfirm all details and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.

Comment on this article

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.