Dear students and parents,
I came to Boulder earlier this year after nearly 2 years of traveling in southeast Asia, India, and Australia. In the winter of 2010, I graduated with honors from Virginia Tech (Magna Cum Laude) with a double major in Humanities, Science, Environment (HSE) AND Communication (Film concentration) with a minor in Marketing. I knew there was much more of the world to discover--an education and discovery aboard, somewhere out and beyond our rich cultural environment here in North America. My education was broad, yet diverse and rich in many sciences, but I was determined to experience more about relations between people and their environments in the developing world.
I am telling you all of this because I feel my strong educational background and traveling experiences have given me tools to understand the learning process on many levels. It is exactly the learning process itself that is what continues to amaze me and inspire me to this day. Upon graduating I received a position as a Fundamental English Teacher for grades 2-4 in a Multi-lingual School in Chonburi, Thailand. It was during that time in which I could truly see how much, as a teacher, that there is transmitted to students, yet how this occupation gives back to you in so many ways, namely through the students themselves.
I would love to leave you with a bit about some other experiences abroad that have impacted me as a person, teacher, and prospective Psychologist. In the summer of 2009, I spent one month in Port Elizabeth, South Africa developing a marketing plan for a non-profit organization specializing in education for under-privileged youths living in townships.
Apart from painting schools, instructing in sports, and teaching English in South Africa's poorest country, I worked closely with Nelson Mandela University to understand local languages, history, and culture. This trip was an add-on to my study abroad program in Switzerland focusing in Consumer Behaviorism and Social Marketing where I was able to explore Europe's unique cultural landscape and history.
In the following summer, I spent 10 days in Nicaragua on a Sustainable Field Study studying micro-hydro systems and solar energy in two sharply contrasting climates on a community level. After teaching English in Thailand, I studied Ashtanga yoga under an enlightened master in Mysore, India for 4 months. During my time in India, I was able to gain insight in the teacher-student relationship on an intimate level, along with learning about ancient traditions in Eastern Philosophy and Medicine.
I look forward to seeing the learning process unfold in a micro-climate as a tutor as I continue to live in Boulder and work towards my MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. May the best of the world be with you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or inquiries!
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