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Boston, MA —> South Korea
“Some people say that you’re going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.”-Angelina Jolie
I grew up in a town about twenty minutes from Boston.
From the start of my college years, I had no idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I chose psychology as a major because that is the subject in which I had the most credits. I took Spanish throughout high school and college. It became my minor. I also took some French and Italian classes as well because I was so fascinated with languages. I still am to this day.
I grew up traveling, thanks to my grandfather. He would always take a few family members and myself to various countries, usually once a year. He took us to São Miguel, Bermuda, Nova Scotia, and a few of the islands in the Caribbean. That’s where my travel bug emerged. Ever since I came back from the Azores in 2009, I wanted to return.
Fast forward to my senior year of college in 2016, where I STILL didn’t know what career path fit me. I went out on a whim and signed up for a month to study abroad in Costa Rica. It was undeniably one of the greatest decisions that I had ever made. It was my first time traveling alone.
In 2018, I signed up to teach English in Spain, which has always been my dream destination. Unfortunately, I ended up missing the deadline.
A few months later, I signed up for a TEFL course. In January 2019 I started my practicum hours. I ended up completing way more hours than required because I enjoyed it so much. My passion for teaching was coming into view. While I was finishing up my practicum hours, I started chatting with people in Facebook groups about what their next step was going to be. I came across someone who said that they were tired of their life in America and they wanted a change. I related to this person because I didn’t want a 9-5 job (later I realized that I just didn’t want the 9-5 job in America). They told me that they were going to teach in Thailand. I was intrigued. At that time, I was looking into going to Peru or somewhere in South America because I wanted to improve my Spanish. Not all countries hire year-round so I looked into Thailand.
A month later, I went to visit family in Ireland for two weeks. A month after landing back in Boston, I was off to Thailand.
Thailand was without a doubt, another great decision that I made.