Today’s Quarter Life Epiphany Brought to You By Hadas
24-year-old Hadas has packed a lot of living into her quarter century. Currently balancing completing her Masters in international relations with managing her travel and fashion blog, she also finds time to travel to beautiful and exotic locations. Originally from Israel, Hadas considers becoming an expat one of the best experiences in her life and has lived all around the world, though currently based in England. Check out her blog for advice on how to travel the world in style.
Growing up in Israel, I had to do a mandatory army service at the age of 18. When I got released at the age of twenty, I realized I have to make up for the lost time. I wanted to move abroad, to see the world and make my dreams come true.
My dream at the time was to work in fashion; therefore I enrolled into summer courses at FIT, arguably the best fashion school in Manhattan. At school, I became friends with like-minded people from all over the world, who were also into fashion. We were each other’s family for that summer, exploring New York together and having the best time of our lives. Through the fashion courses I took I met photographers who asked me to model for them, and that was another dream come true for me as an aspiring model. I’ve lived my fashion dream: I worked in fashion shows, backstage on fashion week, modeled for photographers, learned about the industry and attended exclusive parties. My experiences have changed my outlook and the way I want to live my life. I craved adventures, experiences, and faraway places.
Ever since my New York summer, I’ve tried to make the most out of every day. I went back to Israel to attend undergraduate school, which was an amazing experience in itself. It was an international school with my classmates coming from dozens of different countries, and the studies were in English. Making friends from all over the world only fueled my desire to continue to see the world. Every summer vacation I had I spent in exotic beach destinations such as Mexico, Greece and Cyprus. I’ve learned that every summer has its own story, and my summers were incredible.
Upon graduation I moved to France and opened a new chapter of my life. While all my friends were stuck in their boring daily routine, I preferred to travel the world. Living in France was also a life changing experience by itself. During the course of my stay in Europe I decided to make a career change and applied for a Master’s program in international relations. I learned how to overcome many obstacles such as language barriers, cultural differences and becoming completely independent. However, it was all worth it since I became the strong independent woman that I today. I learned how not to rely on anyone but myself, and how to feel at home away from home. While living in France I also accumulated many travel experiences, spending almost every weekend traveling to a different country in Europe. With a small airport nearby my city that made it all possible, I was living the dream.
Nowadays, I live a life that my friends would refer to as “unconventional”. I became an expat once again, living in England and getting my Masters. I don’t have a boyfriend because I travel and move around too much. I’m the kind of person who would quit their job and go away for a month or two. I know what I want and I’m working hard to achieve it. So far, I’ve lived in 3 continents and 5 countries (and the list will go on), I speak 3 languages and learning my fourth, and most importantly, I live my life on my own terms.
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