The Dream Destination

David Akinbode Start Date: Apr 25, 2018 - End Date: Mar 9, 2019
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Study/Degree Abroad

My Travel Story

by: David Akinbode Start Date: Apr 25, 2018 - End Date: Mar 9, 2019
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Study/Degree Abroad
Hey there,
My name is David Akinbode and I am 14 1/2 years old. That honestly wasn't necessary but I did because that is how I am " Extra". I have always wanted to travel the world! And no, I did not just wake up 2 nights ago and say, " I want to travel the world!" This dream has started ever since I was little, around 8 or 9 years old. While other kids were focused on "Pokemon!" and "Minecraft!" I would always draw pictures of me off into this distant land.

As a grew up, this dream of traveling expanded. With words like, "Spain" and "Brazil'' growing my vocabulary. I was even made fun of for not being like the other children. I begged my parents to take us on vacation, but in a family of 6 there ends up being more important things to pay for ( bills, credit car payments, car payments, etc.). Soon after the dream of traveling became a lost idea. It was not until I was around 12 were I became tired of following the footsteps as my older sisters. If you have older siblings you might understand. Each year I go into a higher grade and I would go to my school's open house to meet my new teachers, they would always say, " Oh! Your Hannah's brother! I expect great things from you!" There was never an end!!!!

Then recently I was online preparing for high school and just researching, because like I said before, I'm "Extra" and suddenly an ad pops up on google while I searched in a word. Usually I'm like, " Did I say I needed an ad right now google? I'm the extra one, there is not enough room in this town for the both of us!" But this time I decided to read the ad and it had the word " Study Abroad" and I decide to search up "Study Abroad" And all I saw was "Outside the U.S". All a sudden the dream of traveling the world came flooding back and I think I screamed, I might have passed out, I don't remember. Ever since then I been focused on Studying Abroad. I have decided to go to JAPAN for my 10th grade year of high school. But I need the cash, my parents said they were not going to spend that much money (Again family of 6) so I'm on my own. I have already set up a money jar to put extra money but I don't have enough time to save up what I need. I need donations!!! I honestly don't like to ask people for money but this is my Dream and I am determined to reach it! I know you may be thinking right now... "Hey David, I have this $5 dollars for some MacDonalds or whatever you eat! but listen, 1 or even 2 years from now which decision is going to make you life different from the people around you . Think about... A tiny meal that you will most likely forget about the next day or using that money to help someone reach their life (14 1/2 years) long goal. I've had this dream of traveling the world for a very long time but it is only you that can make this dream into an reality.