why, why, why?
I suppose I should answer the question on most people's minds: "Why would she want to join the Peace Corps?"
I know that it seems strange to some people that I would want to leave all these conveniences of my life to go and live in a developing country, but I don't see it that way. I like to see it as an opportunity to learn a new language, travel, live in another culture, learn more about myself and about my country from the perspective outside of the U.S.
Plus, I can't wait to quit Starbucks. Really.
I have spent the past year really thinking about what I want to do with my life. I am certain that I want to work with youth and more likely underprivileged youth, but I'm not sure that it's in a school setting.
When I worked as a tutor at St. Ben's, my mentor teacher was a returned Peace Corps Volunteer. He worked in Bolivia and told me that it was a fantastic experience. At the time, I didn't give much thought about it, but as graduation came closer and closer, I began to give it a lot of thought. After about 6 months had passed since graduation, I decided to apply and see where that could take me.
"But you won't start your career until you're almost 27!", someone said to me. I have the rest of my life to have a career and I have never understood the obsession with starting a career immediately after college. How often do opportunities like this come along? How long will I be able to travel with no ties?