Picking fruits from my landlord’s garden (read forest)
Sunset over the Mae Kong river
After coming close to failing a semester in my undergraduate degree, I decided it was time to re-evaluate life and where it was headed. After spending the last four years of my life with my nose in a textbook and my head in the clouds, I figured it was time to change things up a bit before applying to grad school. With assistance from fellow writers, my loving parents and blunt academic advisors, I chose to direct my attention away from academia and towards the individuals that inspire every day research. With the support of the many who believed in me (and the pressure form those who didn't), I am now on a fast track towards the biggest adventure of my young life as an ESL teacher in a foreign county.
The decision to teach abroad not only offers the opportunity to explore a career path that is quickly on the rise, but it also blesses me with the chance to learn how to live. From gaining the proper qualifications to apply for jobs abroad, to pushing myself to new limits, each day offers me a new lesson to be learnt.
I have always had a love and passion for academia, and while I am taking a short break from university life to do this, my fire is still strong inside of me to take in and pass on knowledge. During my gap year, there were many opportunities for me to explore and take time off, but I decided to teach because I believe in the importance of educating the next generation, and teaching english is a way that I believe that can be done.
I not only want to explore the new region i’ll be living in, but also explore what it means to be me. Like most young twenty some women, I have had a couple different identify changes in my life thus far, and I look forward to seeing who Thailand will inspire me to be. I want to explore all that life has to offer me, and with that, I am excited to begin this next journey.