Big Steps Forward

I’v made a few steps forward in my life plans. I’m thrilled to share  some of the progress.

Last week I received news that I actually passed my Italian C1 certification exam that I took back in December in Rome! Unbelievable. I was so convinced that I bombed it that I’ve been studying every day to be prepared to return to Italy to take that exam again. I certainly don’t regret all the time I’ve invested in the last few months improving my language ability through watching movies, doing exercises, reviewing flashcards, chatting with Italians in person and over WhatsApp. However, it does come as a huge relief that I won’t have to go back for this one step.

As it turns out, getting my advanced certification in Italian is the biggest link for me to pursue my dream of returning to Italy to go back to college to become an engineer. Now I just have to take the SAT, which I find somewhat hilarious because it’s been 15 years since I took it last and I already have a college degree, but I’m not complaining! Finally I’ll just have to apply for school. If admitted I might be able to move to Italy as soon as June, which gives me a several month window to transfer with Apple to a new store there.

My class is going well at MCC. It is leaving me fairly excited about returning to taking classes full time and I feel like I’m going to be ready for the transition.

Also I just need to find one more document to start applying for citizenship.

That’s all for now.

How Can I Help Italy?

Photo courtesy Alessandra Tarantino/AP

I’m leaving for Italy in just a few weeks now and I’m struggling to find a concrete way to help the victims of the Earthquake-stricken Central Italy. As I contemplated more of the ways I could help an enormous aftershock of 6.1 magnitude stuck central Italy, only slightly smaller than the earthquake that devastated Amatrice back in August.

I just happened to start listening to the audiobook of The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone and I’ve decided that I’ve got to say yes to ALL of the ideas that I have and 10x my efforts towards each of those if I really want to be successful.

This means posting 10x a day to Instagram, not just daily. @italyheals

This means creating that photography book and selling 100 copies, not just 10.

This means hosting my friends from work to an event to raise money for my trip, another for family, another for some group I haven’t determined.

This means collecting children’s books to donate to Italian schoolchildren.

I want to dominate this effort and not waste a moment of my time before I leave. I can make a huge impact if I only set my sights higher, push harder and not give in for a moment.

Yesterday I Bought My Ticket to Rome (and Paris)

I finally pinned down my dates and a rough itinerary allowing me to buy my next ticket to Italy yesterday morning. I’m headed to Amatrice via Rome to volunteer in the earthquake zone for a couple of weeks. I’ll likely visit my family again and the Milan Bovisa campus as well. I’ve promised myself a half dozen times that I’d finally visit somewhere outside of Italy and this is the trip. A few days in France should be enough to allow me to see some attractions I’ve been wanting to see.