I cannot tell you how many times I have sat on the edge of my bed thinking about my life, all the missed opportunities and what if’s. When the idea of spending my summer in Puerto Rico first came up I thought it was crazy. There was no way I was leaving home for an entire summer. The thoughts of missing out on summer nights with my friends was killing me. I didn’t want to miss out on all the memories. I eventually realized from friends drilling it into my head, that I couldn’t miss an opportunity to live on an island for a summer. There was so much to do like learn to speak better Spanish, see the island, surround myself with culture, maybe even learn how to make some flan! After many long nights of thinking I made the decision, I was going to Puerto Rico for a summer and I was going to make the best of it. The scariest part of it all was being out of my comfort zone. Leaving a city to an island is a big difference.

Today makes a month of being here and I cannot tell you how many beautiful sites I have got to see and people I have gotten to meet. In all, I am here to tell you the rest of your life is being shaped right now. By the dreams you chase. The choices you make. And the person you decide to be. You will never be as young as you are right now, so please please please take every opportunity. It may not always be the best, but you might end up with more than you expected. By the way, Puerto Rico is better than I imagined. Grateful to not have one more missed opportunity.

Finally, finally, finally! I have always wanted to jet-ski but being from Philadelphia makes it hard. The water of the Delaware River is not very tempting and not the prettiest ocean water I want to fall in. I got the opportunity to jet-ski from Puerto Rico to Gilligan’s island and it was amazing! Made a few stops along the way to look at corals, fishes, and some luxury beach homes. There is nothing like being on the water on one of these bad boys. This experience encouraged me to go get my license one day and own a jet-ski. Isn’t that the dream? Tying a jet-ski to the back of the jeep and heading to the ocean. Maybe now that my parents live in Puerto Rico I can spend my summers on the water.