“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!