Michaela Boswell Dinte, Wish Kid
Editor’s note: Michaela experienced her wish to go to Australia in 2015. Since then, her life has completely changed and now includes marriage and motherhood. Michaela wrote about her wish in 2015 with her initial blog post “Wishing In The Land Down Under,” which you can read here: https://asyouwishcny.com/2015/08/20/wishing-in-the-land-down-under
A lot has changed since I wrote about my Make-A-Wish trip to Australia in 2015.
After studying for a certificate in community services at TAFE (Technical and Further Education) in Australia, I transferred to Australian Catholic University to study for a bachelor’s degree in psychology. It was such an amazing experience, I learned so much about life and I experienced things I never would have been able to from home.
I spent a total of a year and a half in Australia. I even became semi-fluent in the Australian language. Yes, they may speak English, but let me tell you it’s a very different type of English. For example, in one of my classes we were planning for an event and someone said they would contribute cheerios and tomato sauce. I remember thinking there was something very wrong with that and I asked why they would want to do that. It turns out cheerios are actually little mini hot dogs, which makes far more sense than having breakfast cereal with ketchup. That’s just one of many examples of little language barriers I faced.
I learned so much from my experiences in Australia. I was able to get a job working with kids before and after school, which was something I was very passionate about. I learned how to get on a train going in the right direction after I took an hour and a half detour to class one day. After getting on the right train line, I discovered the train was going in the opposite direction! I learned how to survive in a country where there are spiders that are bigger than my head (that was probably the toughest thing to cope with). I grew to learn and appreciate the sport of rugby. I was able to take multiple trips from Brisbane to Sydney where I was able to go to the Opera House, Bondi Beach, up the Sydney Tower Eye, and so much more. I met a lot of amazing people that I still keep in touch with today.
I was able to experience something that most people my age never have, and that is in part due to the role that Make-A-Wish has played in my life!
In December 2016, I moved back to America with an amazing Australian man, to whom I have been married for two years this January. We have a beautiful five-month-old baby girl named Harper, who is another miracle as the doctors weren’t sure I would be able to have children after the treatment I went through.
A few months ago, I was able to bring Harper in to Make-A-Wish Central New York, and let me tell you when they say a wish kid is a always a wish kid no matter how old, they mean it. It was very special to be able to introduce Harper to some of the people who made her mommy’s dream come true.
I’ll always be beyond grateful for the role Make-A-Wish has played in my life; I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. Make-A-Wish is not just an organization, it’s like an extended family and I’m so thankful that my little family is part of it.