If You're Wanting To Teach Abroad

For Those Who Want To Teach Abroad

Not everyone gets this calling so when you do, listen

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Just fucking do it.

Studying, teaching, and/or living abroad are just a few things that inevitably scare most people. I think because they know for a short or long period of time they will have to step outside of their comfort zone and, they will be forced to be vulnerable in places and with people that are unfamiliar. This can be especially hard for those who have been sucked into certain ways of living and are scared to leave that behind.

I visited Thailand for the first time back in March 2017 and when I landed back in America my entire future plans had changed. I went from wanting to go straight into grad school to wanting to live and to teach in Thailand, just by being there for a week. Absolutely nothing about that scared me and I had no doubt in my mind that that was the right thing for me. And I do have family close by but nonetheless, my entire surroundings are unfamiliar. I also might not be the best teacher and it certainly is not something I ever saw myself doing before, but I cannot picture myself doing anything or being anywhere else in the world right now.

The other day I learned "What is this?" in Thai from my Filipino teacher and I went up to one of my students, asked him what something was, in Thai, and he replied back to me what the object was. In less than 10 seconds I had gathered a pile of toys to ask him what they were. Not only was I excited to be learning a new language but to be learning from a little person that I am responsible to teach. I was literally jumping around and telling everyone I passed that I was learning Thai. And it's funny, a few of the other teachers told me to do this when I started teaching but I didn't realize how rewarding it would feel. And like I said, I was never meant to be a teacher and this is still something I question if I am good at, but it's so rewarding. In the short period I have been teaching, it has taught me so much about patience and having to have a backbone (because if anyone knows me, knows I do not have a backbone and anyone can walk all over me). It has taught me how to work with others instead of trying to do everything myself and having to ask for help when I need it, two things I struggled with back home. It has also taught me a lot about myself and who I really am as a person and who I can be to others. Teaching abroad, or maybe teaching in general, really humbles you and reminds you that others see you in a different light than you see yourself sometimes.

So, to those who want to teach abroad or who have thought about it, just do it. Like traveling, it's one of those things that will come with regret if you just don't go through with it. But again, like traveling, if you are pushing it off because of other interests in your life or other things going off, then teaching too, will be pushed to the side. Besides what I have said, I don't have any inspiring words for why you should go through with it, but I know if I would have ignored the want to teach abroad, I'd be one unhappy person. And not many people feel they want or need, so listen to that feeling when it comes.

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20 Phrases All Roommates Say To Each Other

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1. Do I have to go to class?

2. When do you have class today?

3. Want to get lunch before your next class?

4. Do you think I need to wash my hair? I can’t tell if it’s greasy.

5. What’s the weather? I don’t know what to wear.

6. Are you going out tonight?

7. What should I wear tonight?

8. Can I borrow a shirt?

9. We have to watch *insert Netflix show here*.

10. Want to order in dinner tonight?

11. We have to take a cute picture tonight so I can Instagram.

12. Is this a good caption for my Instagram? How’s the edit?

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14. We should probably clean our room soon.

15. Can I borrow your *insert random item here*

16. I’m so hungry.

17. I think it’s time to do our laundry.

18. I’m going to start eating healthy and go to the gym more.

19. The dining hall menu is so bad today.

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To My First Best Friend Who I Lost Because I Was Foolish

We all make mistakes, but losing you was the one I wish I never made.

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When we met, we were young. Two twelve-year-old girls with little to no life experience, naive and waiting for the world to come at us with all that it had.

We bonded quickly over anything and everything (whatever that could have been at this age) and became inseparable soon enough. Hours spent talking on the phone about which PBS cartoon was the best or what kind of boys were our "type" strengthened our blooming friendship and, for once, I felt like I finally had someone I could call my best friend.

I told you everything. I told you about my family and why I don't talk to certain members, and you told me about your family and why you don't know certain members. We trusted each other with our deepest and darkest secrets, we found solace in each other when it got hard to speak and we comforted each other when memories triggered emotions that were beyond our capabilities to handle.

As the months passed by, you became a bigger part of my life little by little. I remember a time where I couldn't have pictured going a day without talking to each other, and it seems like a lifetime ago when we would wake up early in the morning and immediately get on the phone after going to sleep late the night before.

I never wanted to believe that friendships don't last forever, despite what I had always heard. I wanted us to be different; I wanted us to be the exception that everyone could look at and say, "those are real best friends."

But I never took into consideration that sometimes, friendships don't last because one of the parties f**** it up.

We could talk in circles about what happened between us (we probably have) and we'd still end up at the same conclusion: It was me. And, at the end of the day, I think I always knew that I was the detrimental factor in our ultimate demise.

I did what every girl swears they will never do, what every girl says is the absolute worst thing to do: I chose my boyfriend over our friendship, and it's my biggest regret.

It's not that I meant to. I never thought I would even be capable of choosing anyone over you. We were unstoppable and I always believed I could never find anyone to be more important in my life than you, my best friend.

But, when you're "young and in love" (or blinded by what you think is love) you make stupid decisions without thinking of the consequences that will surely come.

I can't remember exactly what the situation was, or maybe I can and I just don't see a point in hashing it out for the millionth time because it only reminds me of what I wish I could change. Regardless, I don't think the details matter when the end result is what changed our lives forever.

The truth is, I don't really know how your life was after the fact. I know that I had a relationship that I dreaded, friends that I probably took for granted, and family that I didn't thank enough. But I never asked what got you through my absence, if my absence hurt as much to you as it did to me, or when you realized that you didn't need me anymore as much as you thought you did.

Maybe I didn't need to know, and maybe I still don't, it's just interesting to see how self-centered I was.

I've grown up a lot since then. I've dealt with some of the hardest things I would never wish upon anyone, I've come to see who I am and who I'm meant to be, and I've acknowledged and accepted my faults and mistakes a thousand times over.

I know I apologized to you more times than you can count, but I know that I'll never be able to say sorry enough. You were my better half, my lifeline, my best friend, and I kick myself every day for throwing it away like it meant nothing when it was everything.

We've moved past it together as much as we can, and we're now able to look back and chalk it up to "silly teenage girl things," but it doesn't mean that it can be erased. Our friendship exists now, but I can't help but wonder what it could have been if nothing would have happened.

2007 is a long time ago, twelve years since we met to be exact. We're both going to be twenty-four this year (you already are, I still have a month to go) and it would have been a friendship for the record books if we had made it this far.

Maybe our weddings would have been planned together. Maybe we would have been each other's maids of honor, and maybe we would have each planned kickass bachelorette parties that would never have been forgotten.

I know I don't want to have kids, but maybe in another world we could have been pregnant at the same time. Our kids could have been born with a best friend already chosen, one that would love and support them the same way that we would have done for each other. And though a lot of kids hate being thrown into friendships with their parents' kids, maybe ours would have been the exception.

I don't know what would have been, and I could go on forever with the "maybes" and the "what ifs" but it doesn't change the fact that they're all simply wishes and dreams, those that were lost the moment I turned my back on a friendship that was always there when I needed it.

You and me, we've found our homes in new people. We've formed bonds, made connections and surrounded ourselves with those who love us, and I think that's great and it's how it should be.

Still, I wish we could be for each other what we once were, what we should have been.

I made mistakes and I walked away from a friendship that was everything I needed it to be, and there's not a day that goes by in which I don't regret it.

And even though life goes on and we had to find a way to go along with it, I wouldn't mind going back and choosing differently. Because I know now that friendships as important and as pure as the one we had should always come first.

Always.

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