You’re moving where?
6 Months ago I moved to Eugene Oregon. I thought it would be wonderful. Why Eugene? West coast, warmer than East coast, low cost of living, second largest city in Oregon and it has a University!
Despite not having a job lined up, only knowing of a distant cousin there, and never meeting my roommates I thought it was a great idea.
Luckily I found a sales job working for Dyson, the company that makes vacuums, hand dryers, and fans. After getting a job my plan was to focus on Biotechnology and learning Vietnamese.
I signed up for a Vietnamese class at the University of Oregon and started going to entrepreneurial events. Chatting with a leader in Eugene’s startup scene I learned that likely I would need to go to Corvallis (45 minutes away) to find a co-founder.
Oh and there wasn’t available wet lab space to work. It seemed a biotech startup was out. Next.
I am really interested in Crispr the new genetic engineering process that everyone says will change the world. Even before arriving I looked on Google and found that only one professor at U of O did Crispr research and it was on zebrafish brains. I contacted and met with him. He didn’t believe it was a good fit. “You’re a plant guy”
Ok Crispr research was out. Next.
I thought maybe I could get an awesome job at a local startup and was applying for a second job. At this time I worked a month at Jo-Ann fabric.
Then the presidential election occurred and I was shocked by the results. The next day I started looking for tickets to Asia. I had been thinking about Vietnam for a while and thought about visiting there for two weeks over the summer, but the election results made me realize that I had nothing holding me back. Why wait? It wasn’t so much that Trump was elected president than my concerns that one party controlled all of the US government.
I am now in Asia and plan on going to Vietnam. Instead of telling people that I am moving to Vietnam. I tell them I am trying it out. I don’t know what will happen in the future or if my dreams of a location will come true . Instead, I do the only thing you can do, try it.
Asia, I’m trying it out.