For Those Who Want 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 is one of those things that inevitably scares 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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11 Ways You Found The Cristina To Your Meredith

"We're friends, real friends, and that means, no matter how long it takes, when you finally decide to look back, I'll still be here."
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The term "my person" describes the relationship between two people who have reached the highest level of friendship. They're people who have ridden the roller coaster of life together for so long that their lives would be boring without each other. In "Grey's Anatomy," the characters of Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang describe each other as each other's "person." They have a perfect friendship. Everyone (including myself) strives to achieve a friendship like theirs. What is it like to have "your person?"


1. Your person will tell it like it is.

If you think that your new haircut looks bad or if that dress makes you look fat, your person is always there to reassure you that nobody cares.


2. Your person is always on your team.

Whether it's an argument between you and your parents or you and your boyfriend/girlfriend, your person will always be there. They will go to bat for you 10/10 times and they will always be there to have your back.


3. Your person will celebrate the small victories with you.

Did you go an entire day without crying? Awesome, let's celebrate! Did you eat something other than chocolate chip cookies for breakfast? That's wonderful! The small victories count the most.


4. They will listen to you, even when you are ranting about the craziest things.

Let's face it, we have all been there. When it's late at night and we're laying in bed, thinking of the world's hardest questions, and you start to think about crazy scenarios, your person is always there to listen.


5. People instantly think that you and your person are a couple.

You aren't a couple, you just understand each other on a much higher level, so people think that you guys are in a relationship. Just go with it.


6. Your person isn't afraid to tell you that they are embarrassed by you.

Everyone gets embarrassed about each other at one point or another. Most people just pretend that it doesn't happen. Your person is going to flat out tell you that your actions and the things that you say embarrass the crap out of them.


7. Your person isn't afraid to knock you down a few notches.

Just when you think that you are on top of the world, your person will come and pop the growing balloon known as your head. They aren't afraid to snap you back into reality.


8. They will build you up faster than they will tear you down.

Yes, they will bring you back to reality and tell you like it is, but they will also be the first one to encourage you and to tell you how wonderful you are.


9. Your person is not afraid to call your bluff.

They will call you out on your BS and make you tell them how you really feel, so they can help fix you.


10. You stick together no matter what.

Even though you get mad at each other, or don't speak for a few days, you will always stick together.


11. In the end, no matter what, no matter who comes in and out of your life, your person will always be your person.

Your person is there no matter what. They care when no one else does and they are always there to hold your hand.

Find your person and never let them go. They are your best friend, your worst enemy, and your biggest critic, but they know you better than you know yourself sometimes.

As for my "person," you know who you are. I love you and couldn't do life without you.

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To My Best Friend At A Rival University

No amount of school rivalry could ever change our friendship.

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In high school, we were practically inseparable- you and I and all of our friends. Even though we saw each other every day during the week (when both of us decided to actually go to school, at least; senioritis was real and it was rough), we usually saw each other at least once over the weekend, whether it be a coffee date at Starbucks, a sleepover, or a trip to the movies.

We would go on spontaneous trips to the local ice cream shop (for us, it was Twistee Treat) far too often for our own good. We spent so many summer days at theme parks, followed by sleepovers that consisted of painting each other's nails, baking break-and-bake cookies, and falling asleep in the middle of 'Men in Black.'

Now, we attend rival universities. The stories we share involve names and places foreign to the other. We each have friends that know us apart from one another. Some days, we hardly get a moment to talk, other than sending funny memes back and forth through Instagram.

Though it may seem like being away at rival schools would hurt our friendship, I think it's only made us closer.

When I come to visit you (or you visit me), we always make the most of our time, knowing that it's limited. We often do the same things we would've done at home, but in new locations, which makes it even more fun. Sometimes, I wish we would've chosen the same school- because having your best friend with you, sharing new experiences is always better than not- but I know we're each happy where we are. We're making new friends and new memories, which makes for new stories to share with one another.

I know that I can share anything with you without fear of judgment, and I think you know the same.

Even though we can't just stop by unannounced anymore, planning weekend trips to visit one another is still really fun.

Sure, we go to rival universities and we will never agree on whose school is superior, but in the grand scheme, it doesn't even matter. Your school is extremely lucky to have you and in my eyes, you are what makes it great.

No matter the distance, no matter how strong the rivalry between our schools, you will always be my best friend and the memories we've cultivated throughout our friendship will never be forgotten. I can't promise I'll wear your school colors again (that was a one-time thing and does not diminish my love and respect for my school!), but I can promise that you'll always have a friend in me.

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