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34 Days Until Takeoff

Hi all. Nice to meet you over this wonderful thing we call the internet. I hope we'll get to know each other well over these next few months. I figure I should start off telling you a little bit about myself. I'm a 21 year old senior in college at the University of Dayton, otherwise known as Heaven on Earth. At UD I'm a group fitness instructor - it's one of my favorite things in the world. My major is in marketing and entrepreneurship with a minor in psychology. You might be wondering why in the world am I teaching English in Thailand if I'm a business student? Well, you aren't the first person to ask and I guarantee you won't be the last. So here's the story:

Last summer I had an internship in London (yes, England like with the queen and tea and crumpets). I absolutely fell in love with the company I worked for. And apparently, they fell in love with me too considering they offered me a job after I was only working there for 1 month. Pretty cool, right? I got to work at a company I loved in the city that stole my heart. Unfortunately, a few months ago I was informed that I would not be able to obtain a visa due to sponsorship issues (thanks a lot Brexit). After talking to my company for about a month trying to figure out a solution and a way to get me over there, we decided it would be best if I looked into other opportunities in the States.

But here's the thing; real life is overrated.

I looked into ways to travel at a low, preferably no, cost. That's when I saw that teaching English abroad was an option. I looked into CIEE, looked at the requirements and realized that I fit all of them. I decided to apply and to my surprise, I was accepted! I've always wanted to go to Thailand. Now I have the opportunity to live there for 4 months and actually make a little bit of money (or at least breakeven). Not only that, but I will also be able to completely immerse myself in the culture and learn as much from my students as they learn from me.

No, I do not speak Thai. No, I am not an education major. And no, I am not nervous, afraid, etc.

I've studied in Italy, worked in London, and traveled all over Europe. One of the biggest lessons I learned, after how delicious authentic Sangria is, is that you can't have any expectations. Going out of your comfort zone is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I went to London not knowing anyone. I made some great friends while I was there, fell head over heels in love with the city, and came back a more confident person.

I'm set to take off for Bangkok on June 4th, in only 34 days. While I'm there, I'll be reporting back about my experiences, the culture, and the minor misfortunes that are sure to find me along the way.

So stay tuned...I'm just getting started!

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