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I spent seven years studying at the University of Arkansas, bouncing around in the undergraduate program between physics, international relations, theatre, animal science, and biological engineering. I just loved school, as I always have, and I couldn’t decide on just one thing to study. However, I always took foreign language classes, usually three at a time. Because of this, I majored with a B.A. in Spanish, I’m one class away from a second B.A. in French, and I took four semesters of German, two of Greek, a 6-week crash course in Latin that covered the ENTIRE Wheelock’s Grammar, and a single semester of Japanese.
When I found myself again in a Japanese class, on the first day of the second semester, I was already sad and frustrated from the knowledge that I had to drag myself through this horribly alien writing for another 16 weeks and I decided to drop the class. I have since recovered from my phobia of Asian languages – it took a little over ten years – and I’m slowly but surely inching my way through the first 100 kanji at the present moment. I was also making a low C in French in my second semester, and my grade was rapidly dropping until I begged a friend for help. Now French is the most comfortable language for me to speak (after English, of course). I know all too well what it’s like to study a language, to be terrible at it, and even what it’s like to give up and walk away from it.
After university, I had a tremendous variety of jobs from working at a pawn shop and gun store to being a manager at a historic boutique hotel. My resume looks remarkably similar to my college transcript – Jack of all trades and master of none! Then one of my teachers from elementary school asked me if I would be interested in teaching ESL (English as a Second Language). I absolutely loved the job and felt as though I had finally found my calling in life. It even gave me a professional justification to devote all of my free time to studying language learning methods and my employer was more than happy to send me off to conferences on how to be a better instructor. I was thrilled!
However, no one ever got rich teaching, and I have student loans. After an all-too-brief six months in the adult education ESL program, I was offered the opportunity that I couldn’t refuse. Now I’m back to being a student, this time in a java development training program with guaranteed employment upon the successful completion of the class. I’ve decided to set aside the foreign languages until I’m through training (in June) and focus on learning Java, SQL, and whatever other programming languages catch my attention in the meantime. I hope to someday return to teaching, be it English, programming, or some other language, because I feel that’s the only way I can really “pay it forward” when it comes to the educational opportunities I’ve had in life.
I love that there are other people out there who want to learn, and I’m more than happy to share my time and resources with anyone willing to reach out and ask me to do so. So contact me! email@example.com