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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!
I have a B.A. in Humanities, Science, and the Environment (HSE) AND Communication (double major). Following graduation, I actively searched and traveled Southeast Asia, India, and Australia in search of great teachers in the realm of yoga, meditation, healing, and life-coaching. Upon moving in Denver 2 years later, I have found personal and professional time with Will Etheridge, a body-psychotherapist and facilitator of Dr. John Demartini's cutting-edge, pioneering work on human behaviorist methods in perceptual balancing and discovering your fingerprint specific purpose in life, (your Telos, or your main direction) with respect to spirituality, socio-political influence, family, finance, vocation, and mental and physical perspectives.
I have been actively a part of an ongoing group called: "Find Your Purpose." I work closely with the founder of this group. I have documents that support hours (if needed) of exercises that are designed specifically for someone to find their purpose and direction in a college setting where many subjects and majors may be appealing and under consideration.
I have personal experience from attending college myself, working most closely with the co-founder of HSE (Eileen Crist, who is also my advisor) for four years discovering my own path in a university setting. We worked closely enough to change requirements and design the major together, as she found that students like me were actually beginning to empower themselves through shifting focus of education and pedagogical methods for the most effective learning experience. I was also one of the first groups of students to complete there core-requirements through a program called Earth Sustainability that was highly recognized for advancements in pedagogy for higher education.
I have experience playing soccer my entire life (from 1st grade to being a senior in high school). I played on the JV high school my Freshman and Sophomore to lead me to the Varsity team for my Junior and Senior year where I received an award for maintaining the honor roll during a Varsity sport season. Prior to receiving a high quality instruction from coaches with nearly 40 years coaching experience, I played an important role on a travel team for 5 years playing the positions of sweeper and striker. During that time, I was led and coached in team and privately by a former German player who had appeared professionally on television under the club team FC Kaiserslautern in the German Bundesliga.
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