You know how it feels like life just spirals out of control, sometimes? One second, you know your future and the next, you’re not sure where you’ll end up, but you’re just going with the flow and praying it all works out.

That’s been my life the last few weeks.

My semester in Thailand ended, and now I’m back in the US. I was home for 3 days, before I moved away to college, and now I’m sitting in my dorm room, writing this post and wondering how it all happened so fast.

Living in Thailand was the most incredible 4 months of my life, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Not even the worst parts, because they helped shape my experience and made it what it was.

Our last week in Phitsanulok, my dad came to visit! He got to meet my students and watch me teach. There was something so special about showing him what my life had been for the last four months. I could’ve explained it all I want, but it wouldn’t have compared to seeing it in person.

I find that in my travels, is when I learn the most about myself. And sure enough, this trip didn’t fail me. This summer, I discovered my passion for teaching, and decided to switch my major to Early Childhood Education.

Teaching was something that I kind of always had in the back of my mind, but I never thought about it realistically. My thoughts were more so, “well, I guess I’ll do this if nothing else works out”.  I always knew I wanted to make an impact, but never knew how. Many people don’t realize just how impactful elementary school teachers are. Think about it. You remember at least one of your elementary school teachers, right? What did you like about them?

One of my favorite parts of my whole teaching experience was seeing how much of an impact the students had on me. They reminded me that it’s okay to be silly. If you fall down, get back up. Be willing to help others, no matter what. And most importantly, show love unconditionally, because you never know when or if you’ll have the chance to do it again.

Of course, teaching wasn’t always easy, and brought some challenges that I never thought I’d come across. However, with these situations came the opportunity to learn and grow.

Now, I’m attending Cleveland State University, studying Early Childhood Education, and (so far) loving it. Also, now that I’m (kind of) back in a routine, I have more time to write and TONS of ideas, so you can expect more blog posts to come soon!

XOXO,

Global Word Nerd