The Worldly Girl | Part II
This month, we continue our conversation with Rebecca Reagan on quitting, graduate school, and the future.
"Quitting turned out to be the best decision I have ever made."
Last month, we interviewed our cover girl, Rebecca Reagan. She lived in four different countries, was part of two successful political campaigns, and is now studying international politics in Wales. In this month's interview, we continue our conversation with Rebecca on quitting, graduate school, and the future.
Was quitting an option ever?
Yes, it was an option. And I took it. After the campaigns were over, I ventured into different fields of work and was set on "making it" in California. Months went by, and I was in denial of my unhappiness, and the fact that I wasn’t "making it" in any way. I was stuck and terrified of admitting defeat. Then in summer of 2017, I woke up one morning, called a meeting with my boss, quit, packed up my life and moved back to Norway two days later. Seven months later I found myself studying in Nepal before starting graduate school in international politics. Quitting turned out to be the best decision I ever made.
"listening to my body and taking care of myself"
Isn’t quitting just as hard as holding on?
Definitely, and I'd argue it often can be a lot harder. What I experienced is that I was the only one who cared about me quitting and my family and friends were nothing but supportive. This affected how I view quitting and how sometimes it is the best solution, which helped combat the fear of failure.
Living abroad teaches people to see the world differently. Would you say that is true for you? Surprisingly traveling has taught me more about my own country and the systems/views we have. It has revealed the bubble I had been living in. I learned more about Norwegian politics by studying it elsewhere. Living abroad also taught me the value of patience and understanding peoples and different views. I learned to be more critical to my perspective and what I consider to be the “truths.”
What influenced your decision to study international politics?
Through my work on the campaigns and studying aboard, I realized that I was very interested in politics on the international level. I wish to work toward better communication while also exploring other systems that might be more efficient and beneficial for all. The world is changing rapidly with the growth of technology, and we need to find a way to keep up. I'd like to challenge the status-quo.
Graduate school is no small feat, and this is another chapter in your life where you will be challenging yourself. How do you plan to achieve the goals?
It will be very challenging, much because I am taking an intensive 12-month program to complete my dissertation. I plan to remind myself that I'm doing this because I want to and I am passionate about what I study. I will also be better at listening to my body and taking care of myself, in addition to not being afraid to ask for help and taking full advantage of the resources the school has available.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I'd like to be working for an international organization or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, maybe in some unknown country. I'll ambitiously follow the course to get there, but I also know there may not be one specific path as it might limit my choices and potentially stop me from embracing change. I'd love to be somewhere doing something I could never have imagined in 10 years. But I like not knowing.
She wears the long fur-free coat.