All Has Changed

It has been more than one year since my last blog post and the world for me has gone upside down (in a good way). After that blog post I decided that I cannot give up and I should do something with my life because I wasn’t going anywhere if I stayed with that lifestyle. I made some decisions which apparently transformed me! I didn’t see it at the time, but the motivation that kept me pursuing what I want helped me to get back on my feet. I have applied for the university I was previously rejected – Copenhagen Business School (CBS). Now a year later I am studying at this university! But it was a long and difficult application process. Total applicants for all bachelor programs in 2014 were around 15,000 students and the university only accepts about 3000 new students. That made me even more worried… So many applications and just few get accepted. I am glad I had enough dedication to apply to university again, even though I was already studying at bachelors program in Scotland. I guess many people would have just stayed there, if they were me, but I insisted on trying as many times as I need to go were I want.

Starting my life in a new country was very exciting! I have met so many great people who lead me great experiences. The whole environment at Copenhagen and CBS helped me to start doing thing I always wanted, but never took any actions. Now I am taking salsa and bachata classes, I am learning new language, I have been accepted to one of the best student organisations – MrketingLab, I am attending various business related events as well as meeting people from Google, Danske Bank, Dropbox, Facebook and many others. These interactions opens me to new possibilities and shows how the business world looks like beyond my current knowledge and experience. This even lead me to start my own company! We are opening very soon for our Lithuanian customers.

After all these changes, there was one moment where I understood that all my work throughout the year towards my goals payed off. It was the phone call from Skyscanner telling me that after three interviews, CV check and personality test I was admitted to the Marketing Internship at Skyscanner HQ office in Edinburgh! I have applied for Skycanner last year, but unfortunately I didn’t even pass the first interview. Now a year later I am signing the contract with the company I wanted to work for a long time! I also feel a bit nostalgic about United Kingdom, so it will be nice to visit the country during the summer.

I hope I will post more, because for me it is a good way to stop for a bit and reflect on what has happened, what is happening and what will happen. For anyone who will read this – if I was able to achieve my goals, so can you!

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama

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End of School and Beginning of Life

I finished school in 2013 summer and it was one of the best summers of my life! It was full of adventures, new friends, memorable events and incredible memories. From an early breakfast with a friend at the restaurant to the all-nighter of poker games. Me and my friends have decided that this 2013 summer earned with honour the name of “Last Summer After School”. I am very happy I have used the advise of my good friend, who finished school one year earlier than me. He said to me:

“Enjoy every single moment of that summer, as you are not going to be able to repeat it”

However, I didn’t really plan my summer as I used to do, but that turned out to be a good thing, as most of the things that happened that summer were spontaneous. I think had more spontaneous decisions and events during that summer than in my whole life.

After summer, I had to go to study in Scotland, but I wasn’t particularly excited about it. I finished my last two years of school in England, so I knew exactly of what to expect. My first choice was Copenhagen Business School (CBS), but because of technical reasons I wasn’t even considered for the application. One of the reasons for applying to CBS was to change the environment, have new challenges and experience a different culture. However this didn’t work out as I planned, so I knew I will apply to CBS in 2014.

I had some thoughts about taking the gap year after I found out about failure to apply to CBS. I probably would have taken it if not the pressure from family, friends and the society in general. Although I have read a lot of books and heard a lot of people saying that you should only listen to yourself and not the others, because most of the time they suppress your dreams. However, I went to study to Scotland, as I had no strong arguments about what I would do with my gap year.

When I came to Scotland very interested thing happened. I finally realised that I have finished school and that my childhood is over. I am a grown man who is just starting his life on his own. At first it was a happy thought, but then I started to ask myself a lot of question to which I didn’t know the answers.

How will I make money? What I want to do with my life? How do I start a business? What business should I start? How do I get finically independent from my parents? What are my life goals? What do I want from my life?

It was like I was just born and didn’t know what or how to act. While I was in school I knew my goals, what I have and want to do. Somewhere in the middle school I have made myself a promise, that I will start living the life I want after I finish school. I will have enough free time and freedom to learn, read and do things in order to improve myself as a person. However, when that moment finally came it seem to me that there is too much free time and I didn’t know what to do with it. The number of activities and hobbies I could do was so big, but at the same time so small due to financial or environmental reasons. Those three months until christmas I felt confused. I had many goals set before I arrived to Scotland, but sadly only couple of them were partly achieved, others weren’t even attempted. I have spent those months mostly thinking about myself. I think now I can call it as confusion and analysis stage of my life. I had to rethink everything, get my goals and start moving towards the life I want to live.

From the peak of my life during the 2013 summer, I felt that I am gradually going down. This was the reason I have started this blog. I want to organise my life in this new world I have entered. I hope this blog should help me track my progress throughout the upcoming year. Later I will use this as evidence that everything can be fixed and even in the worst times, things can be changed.

I would like to end my first blog post with the quote that I think describes my last couple of months of my life.

Reload Your Gear

“Life does not consist mainly – or even largely – of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that are forever blowing through one’s mind.” Mark Twain