In June of 2017, I graduated from the University of Oregon (nostalgic and fearing the future) with a BA in Psychology, a BS in Business Administration, and zero clue what I wanted to do with either degree. However, I did have a pretty good clue about what I did not want to do: I did not want to get an entry-level job I hated; I did not want to sit in an office all day doing work I felt was superficial and/or meaningless; and, despite my concentration in Marketing, I did not want to spend my life playing on the insecurities of others in order to make a buck.
You see, I have always had the desire and motivation to better the lives of others, while simultaneously lacking any clear direction on where to focus my energies. A month before graduation, I made a plan. In a combined attempt to improve the lives of others, broaden my own horizons, and dodge the seemingly inevitable unfulfilling job-path that looked like the proper next step, I applied to a program to Teach English as a Second Language in Thailand (through CIEE).
I lived in Surin, a Northeastern province of Thailand, from November 2017 to April 2018. I taught high school students on the weekdays and traveled the country over long weekends. I chronicled my adventures through a CIEE blog, and combined those blog posts with other pieces of writing I kept personally throughout my months in Thailand to create a blog of my own — this blog!
After traveling to Indonesia and Vietnam, I returned home to Portland, Oregon, USA in May of 2018 and immediately started planning my next adventure. After a summer and fall working at a brewery, I packed up again—this time with my boyfriend, Joey. We are now EPIK teachers, living in in the Jeollabuk-do Province of South Korea, he in Gimje and I in Muju.
This blog is a work in progress. It is pieces of my adventures, my struggles, my everyday life, my highs, and my lows, all coming together. Check out my journey so far!
Follow along on my journey!