Two and a half years ago, I decided to embark on a journey that I had anticipated would change my perspective on life and on myself. I did not, however, forsee what has happened. While there is no doubt that my perspective has drastically changed in almost every way, the intended one-year stint in China has turned into a three-year metamorphosis of my life plans and goals.
Previously, I wanted to get the experience of living in a different culture and challenge myself in teaching college students English as a second language, and then head back to the U.S. to pursue my PhD, teach English at a college or University, and settle down like so many of my other friends and family. But after living a life abroad, I realized that the "norm" isn't really what I'm looking for anymore.
I became aware of this when I began to make plans to move back to Ohio. The excitement of going back to school and living amongst my family and friends is always there, but something seemed to be missing this time...I was planning my next step, and it didn't involve traveling. Immediately, I began pondering how I could satisfy the need of fulfilling all of my goals - old and new.
Furthering my education, teaching English, traveling, growing as a person through experiencing other cultures and customs, and compromising as a significant other in an important relationship are all at the top of my list of aspirations. Therefore, with much research, talking and gaining advice from people I have become so close with and my family, and keeping in mind what matters to me has led me to my next step that includes all of the above.
In February, my boyfriend (whom I met in China) and I are planning to move to Australia to further our schooling in Education. We will enroll in a one-year, graduate-diploma program that will allow us to teach in International schools around the world. I am ecstatic about our decision, and having someone whom I care so much about who shares a common dream makes this next step better than ever.
On to the next step!