It’s been a while since adding to me Study Abroad blog, but seeing as this week marks two years since my Study abroad adventure took place I thought it only fitting to state how it has since impacted me. Studying in New Zealand and meeting people from across the world sparked my interest in international education. As a result, I worked with my Office for International Education Office at my University to meet English Language Learning students and help them practice their English. This particularly led me to fall in love with working with Spanish speaking students, and I became acquainted with some wonderful students from South Korea, China, Spain, and Peru. Little did I ever think that I would change my mind for my future career and degree, but it did happen. My goals have swayed from English Secondary Education to International and Comparative Education, in which I want to pursue a masters and doctoral degree. Currently, I stand as a semifinalist for a Fulbright Fellowship for an English Teaching Assitantship next year in Spain, and I eagerly await the final results. I encourage anyone who has studied abroad to look into fellowship for postgraduate life, and it is an amazing resource to consider. Although I’m not exactly sure what the future holds, I know that these next few years I hope to gain more knowledge about international cultures and see the world.
I truly cannot believe that it has been one month since I left New Zealand. I dearly miss the beautiful country and all of the people I met there. I sometimes go to drive on the wrong side of the road, forgetting I’m back in America. If I could go back and change one thing about the trip, I would have traveled the South Island more. I’ve already started planning where I’ll go when I visit again one day. Wellington, NZ has my heart and I cannot wait to go back!
I without a doubt consider this one of the most amazing things I’ve ever had the opportunity to experience. It was surreal being able to snorkel in the great barrier reef next to two sea turtles, two sting rays and ccountless beautiful fish. We also visited a remote island, which was a bird sanctuary. The water was so bright blue and crystal clear that it seemed unreal. This had to be my favorite thing I did within my five months abroad.