Journal entry from April 4, 2014. Two years ago, somewhere around the world:
I figured out what I want to do with my life. I want to empower people to speak up, because that is the only way to become human again. The simplest form of oppression is not believing in people or their stories… I also want to work with minority groups, and a way that I can do that is through ESL teaching. Education is power.
Pretty cool how we can write things into existence. The photo above is from two years ago, and now I find myself in the MA TESOL program here at SIT Graduate Institute. In the end of a very long day sometimes we as individuals can question why we’re even doing what we’re doing, but I’ve found that I know myself best. There are so many exciting new things happening now that I still walk around campus and it doesn’t feel real quite yet. We have meals with each other, do homework together, have dance parties together, live together. There are currently 80 students on campus and by now I’ve learned everyone’s names. Pretty cool, right? I live on top of a hill surrounded by tall trees amongst living and breathing nature. There are days when you’re high on life and feel low because there are so many moving pieces in life. Things aren’t always perfect here, even though sometimes it may be portrayed that way on social media. I’m trying new things every day, and I’m learning. When I feel low I tell myself that I’m uncomfortable because it means I’m growing.