So begins another adventure, so begins another blog!
And this adventure, it is coming up soon. In just about 6 days, I will be leaving good ol’ Greenville, South Carolina, USA, to begin a year of teaching English to elementary schoolers in Madrid, Spain. It’s a dream I’ve had ever since I returned from studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain (south of Spain: think beaches, traditional culture, very laid-back), and I couldn’t be happier to be turning my dream into reality.
Now’s as good a time as ever to introduce myself, I guess. My name is Amit, and I just graduated this past May from the University of South Carolina (and the South Carolina Honors College, for what it’s worth) with a major in broadcast journalism, minor in political science and cognate in Spanish. How I got to this point in my life is kind of odd: I went into college completely in love with journalism and focused on a career as a reporter as soon as I graduated.
However, I for some reason had this strange, strong desire to see Venice, Italy, the famed “city on water,” when I entered college. So, in the summer after my freshmen year, I decided to study abroad in Florence/Firenze, Italy, without really knowing why. And I absolutely loved it — the new people, the new languages, the new culture, a completely different approach to the day than what is typical here in the U.S. After that experience, I had to study abroad again, so I spent the next spring semester in Sevilla.
That’s where I had my eyes opened (cliché, yes, but I really can’t think of any other way to put it) to all of the other opportunities out there in life — that I could actually do things other than journalism as a career. I still loved journalism, but I’d discovered new passions in traveling and meeting new cultures. I spent hours trying to find a way to make a living abroad after returning from Sevilla, and I somehow stumbled upon the program I will be starting in just about a week — an English language teaching assistantship program through the Spanish government.
After interning with API, the company I studied abroad with in Spain (also, I highly recommend API! best study abroad provider out there!), I really began to see my life take a direction away from journalism and towards international education and international relations. I just finished waiting tables to save up some money for España this summer, but I was very lucky to be reached out to by API a few weeks ago to do some work for them at some study abroad fairs. Now, my life more than ever is focused on some sort of international career.
I still have close to zero clue of what I’m doing with my life. Everybody always said those four years of college zoom by, and that maxim couldn’t be truer; I am finding that real life is immensely harder than college life, and I haven’t even moved out of my parents’ home yet. I’ve taken the GRE, maybe
I’ll go to grad school; who knows? At this point, my main career goal is to become a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Dept.
Anyway, that’s a lot of rambling and a lot of words just to say that I’m Amit, and I will spend the next year teaching English in Spain. If you’re reading this, I hope you find my thoughts interesting. I’ve always thought it important to keep records of big life experiences like this one. I tend to speak in sentences with a lot of clauses and a lot of parentheticals, and I like to throw in some Spanglish every now and then — so fair warning!
I’ll probably write a couple more blog posts before I leave the States, just for record-keeping more than anything. ¡Hasta pronto, mis amigos!