March Thoughts, Open-mindedness is key

I’m back with my monthly favorites blog! However, for March, I’m going to focus on one thing in particular that stood out to me last month.

Spring Break in Cozumel.

I know what you’re thinking…“Not another college spring break trip story full of frozen drinks and boys by the pool…” Don’t worry, that’s not what you’re about to get yourself into.

Instead, I’m going to tell you about two key factors of the week, that together, made it legitimately one of the best weeks of my life.

The location:

When initially planning senior year spring break, I wanted to go somewhere awesome and tropical. Like a nice resort in Punta Cana or Bermuda.

Mexico was never on my radar. Probably because the media makes it seem like a dangerous place, and only talks about the country when there’s something wrong.  

So to say the least, I wasn’t eyeing Mexico. However, when an amazing opportunity to Cozumel came along, my friends and I decided to go for it (despite my parents uncertainty).

To be fair, Cozumel is technically an island off of mainland Mexico. But, because of all of the negative things I’ve heard about Mexico, I was unsure of what to expect.

However, once I got to our all-inclusive resort, I was amazed.

IMG_2308Everything I could ever need was on the resort. It was so convenient. And there were so many food options. And pools. And swim up bars.

Gosh, I could go on about how perfect this place was.

Between the plentiful palm trees, reefs to snorkel in, many pools, frozen cocktails, food options and more, I quickly fell in love with Cozumel, Mexico.

Yes, I said “love.”

I never expected to love Cozumel. I figured it would be a typical touristy spring break destination (which I was okay with). However, it was so much better than that.

The people:

Yes, Cozumel was amazing and I loved the location. But, I would be remiss to give the location all of the credit for the amazing week I had.

screen-shot-2018-04-02-at-10-47-42-pm.pngIf it weren’t for the 17 other UNC seniors I surrounded myself with those five short days in Cozumel, my outlook on the trip would be very different.

Before heading to Mexico, I knew everyone going on the trip. But I didn’t actually know them, if you get what I mean. Once we were in Cozumel, we all opened up to each other and clicked so well. I truly don’t think I will ever be able to put together another group of 18 people again in my life that get along so effortlessly.

Cozumel reminded me that it’s not necessarily where you are, but who you are with. Sure, Cozumel was beautiful and better than anything I expected. But, it was the people around me that really made the trip. 

Reminder

So this is my reminder, that no matter where you go in life, always keep an open mind. Things may turn out way better than you ever imagined. And regardless of where you go, surround yourself with people you love.

Other pictures from the week:

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