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“Official” is a Very Relative Term.

Just two weeks ago I posted that I am definitely, matter-of-fact, without a doubt moving to Boston. Two weeks later (i.e., this past Thursday) I applied to graduate school in Seattle.

I can’t help it; with so many different interests and opportunities, I’m having a hard time deciding on just one. I promise though, once I do definitely settle into an idea and get started down a path, I will stick with it!

I applied for a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Seattle Pacific University (SPU). Although a master’s is not needed to teach English in all parts of the world (in many places a simple certificate will do), it is a huge help in finding jobs and definitely increases the benefits you receive as a teacher (e.g., lodging, transportation, food allowance, insurance, etc). Additionally, although there are many places around the world I hope to experience as a resident and not a tourist, I do plan on returning to the States at some point. With a master’s degree in TESOL I will be qualified to teach international students studying English at American universities, which is something I would love to do.

This may seem to you to have come out of nowhere, but teaching English is actually something I have been interested in for several years now. I have many interests, but almost all of them are related to communication. I love reading and writing, learning foreign languages, and communicating visually through photography and design. I don’t want to make too many plans surrounding a graduate program that I have not yet been accepted too, but if I do end up going to SPU, I can see it becoming great preparation for a career that will allow me to make great friendships with students all over the world through teaching English, to learn new languages depending on where I am living, to improve my travel photography skills, and maybe even, eventually, to write a book about my experiences!

I should hear back from SPU within the next three weeks- I’ll be sure to update you on my plans once I know what they are myself!

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It’s Official.

“She said I think I’ll go to Boston…” -Augustana


After months of much prayer, discussion, and debate, I’ve finally made a final decision for life after college (which happens to begin today): Come September, I’m moving to Boston to pursue the M.A. in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College, a school dedicated to communication and the arts.

I decided that since I knew I wanted to go to grad school at some point and since I had already applied and been accepted into the program at the school I wanted to go to, it just made sense and was good timing to go ahead and go now. This means I won’t be moving abroad immediately (which would have been the case had I decided to pursue the Journeyman Program), but I don’t anticipate opportunities to live and work abroad to decrease any time soon!

Graduation is this afternoon, next week I’ll move in with Chasity, and then in mid-July I’ll travel to Slovakia for this year’s mission trip with Shandon. After the mission trip I’ll actually stay in Slovakia for a few more weeks. Carla and Chasity are going to fly over from the US and we’ll travel a little bit and then help with Camp Fest, a Christian concert festival in Slovakia. I’ll fly back to the US in mid-August, and then get ready to move to Boston!

I’ve never actually been to Boston, but the idea of moving to a new city where I don’t know a lot of people excites me. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of interesting people, finding my way around the city, and learning a lot about the book and magazine industries!

*Thanks to flickr members miguelão, Shutterscript, and Christopher Chan for the pictures of Boston.

Website.

My first attempt at using Dreamweaver to design a website is up and running! (Well, the video on the ‘multimedia’ page may or may not be working when you’re reading this). Anyway, check it out at www.melanie-baker.com or by clicking the “My Portfolio” link in the sidebar to the right!