Just a couple months ago I was returning home from Winchester, England, which marked my first ever trip outside of the United States. Coming back home left me with the domestic blues. Yeah, I missed my Mama and my friends, but the travel bug had me feeling some type of way. It made me realize how big this world is, and how much knowledge is out there to gain just from experiencing life. My fear of being home was getting stuck in a environment where people say they want to spread their wings, but have a fear of leaving the nest. And since I just earned mine, I am trying to stretch them so they won't get stiff. You smell what I am cooking?
Almost a year ago Shenandoah University sent out a mass email to the arts and science students about a possible volunteer opportunity in South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics. As soon as I saw South Korea and Winter Olympics, I was on it. I attended the information session, and submitted my application "quicktime" ,as my man Nathan in Winchester would say. My thought process was be in America the least amount of time possible for my last year of school. So when I do graduate, I can show potential employers that I have experience traveling abroad, and I could also have connections outside of the US once I get my business underway. A few weeks later, I got a notification letting me know I was one of 28 students picked to take the trip to South Korea.
I was hype, lit, crunk, ecstatic, and greatly appreciative.
A month after coming back from Europe, I am in a completely different cultural hemisphere of the world. Where I will not only be volunteering for the worlds largest winter sporting event, but acting as the public relations liaison for Shenandoah University. Gaining field experience in my niche, while gaining new work experience at the same time. I am truly blessed, and beyond thankful for this opportunity.
A few years ago you wouldn't be able to convince me I could experience something of this magnitude. Now I am proving my past self wrong. My hopes are to inspire other people, especially people of color to spread there wings too, and to open there eyes to new experiences. I truly believe that is the only way to grow in this life. If you sit around your whole life being stuck in your ways, not being open minded to new experiences and ideas, than you are wasting your time here.
I would like to thank the love of my life, my mother: for help making experiences like these possible. As well as Shenandoah University, and those of you who continue to support my endeavors. I am on the climb to the top, and I hope to meet those of you on the climb there as well. I will update my blog as frequently as time allows me, so I can share some of this experience with you all.
When it comes to releasing my media, I am working on separating my portfolio, from my blog site. So when my portfolio is up and running, I will make a post about it for those of you who would like to see some of the footage I capture during this experience. Shenandoah University also has a web page dedicated to this trip, and if you are on Instagram you can follow the hashtag #SUOlympicsGEL to see some of the moments the rest of the SU Olympics gang are capturing.
Here is the first video of my Buzzin' in South Korea Episodic Series
Until next time my people, your mans, Legal Trap Mack.
Damon Mackin. 22 years of age. Mass Communications major at Shenandoah University 18'. Freelance Journalist/Photographer