Future Plans

My group and me outside a nursing home we painted in the Dominican Republic.

When I was a senior in high school I went to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip. I believe this was the initial catalyst that made me want to join the Peace Corps. While we were there we of course took part in helping their physical needs, such as feeding villages. However, we also just spent time with the people in those villages and talked to them. This was my favorite part. The children especially were so interested in learning English.

Until recently I always had the notion I would attend graduate school or law school once I graduate UF. However, that is no longer the case. Instead, I have decided to join the Peace Corps. Realizing helping a community overseas will be much gratifying than any masters degree I could possibly obtain.

I would like to teach English as a second language somewhere in Asia or Eastern Europe. Iíve recently started the intense application process. However, turning in an application is just the beginning. Once my application is completed I get to look forward to interviews, background checks and many medical examinations; not to mention waiting for an invitation to the country I will be spending the next two years of my life in.

I am currently volunteering in an ESOL class at Gainesville High School, to help prepare me for wherever I am placed overseas. I work one on one with the kids; answering questions, defining words and clarifying pronunciations. Although I have been volunteering for a short time, this is by far my favorite time of the week and the most rewarding.