This is extremely bittersweet, but I am thrilled to welcome you to my new blog! Pretty fancy, eh? But Kasey, you ask, why is it bittersweet?
Well, I’ll tell you.
Bitter: I have to officially lay I’m a College Kid to rest. I absolutely cannot believe how quickly the last 4 years have flown by and I’m sad that I can no longer post to my firstborn. And by firstborn I obviously mean my first blog.
Sweet: I have a new blog to share my new adventures with you! I am beyond excited to announce that…
I’M GOING TO TEACH IN SPAIN!!!
But hold up; let me explain how I got to this point.
I was cleaning out my room the other day (I’m currently convinced I’m a borderline hoarder) and I found this folder with Spanish papers. Back in elementary school, my grandma Kaisershot and I used to take a Spanish class together at the local community college. Every Saturday, we would go to class and then eat lunch at Steak n’ Shake (irrelevant detail, but since my grandma’s passing in March, I can’t help but look back with fondness at times we shared together). Perhaps that’s where my love of Spanish began.
I continued studying Spanish from 7th grade all the way through college. I really enjoyed it, but the thing is, learning Spanish in a classroom is not the same as learning it in real life. My degree may say I have a minor in Spanish, but if you ask me to speak it, it will sound like Kristen Wiig’s speech in the movie Bridesmaids.
Then, after freshman year at Purdue, I had the coolest opportunity: I got to teach abroad in Honduras! It was the coolest thing ever, but I knew I wanted that experience again. I wanted to teach abroad, and I wanted a chance to become fluent in Spanish. Then, during junior year, I began the process of applying for a Fulbright grant to teach English in Mexico. It was a long, challenging process (I never want to write that many drafts of one essay every again), so I was heartbroken when I found out I did not receive it. Truth is, I wallowed for awhile, aka, laid on a couch and whined, “What am I going to do with my life?!” Luckily, my awesome academic adviser had at one point handed me a pamphlet for another similar program, so I began to pursue that.
Now, here I am. I am so stoked to be a language and culture assistant in Spain from September 2016-June 2017! It is going to be the experience of a lifetime, and I cannot wait to share all my crazy adventures with you.
PS: Don’t forget to reminisce with the old I’m a College Kid blog; you can access it here and from the page tabs at the top! 🙂