Peace Corps service is 20 days away so I’m really feeling like the girls of Delta Nu right now. By that I mean I’M TOTALLY FREAKING OUT. That is by no means a bad thing. My duffel bag has been ordered and my medications have been called in so all that’s left to do is study Spanish and pack!
For those of you that are new to the party I’m going to be headed to Panama in a few short weeks to teach English with the Peace Corps. What does that mean exactly? A lot of things. Some FAQ for you all:
Q: Where will you live?
A: I’m not totally positive tbh! I’ll learn that once I’m through training
Q: What exactly will you be doing?
A: Teaching English alongside a Panamanian teacher and hopefully helping to institute other educational and extracurricular programs for students
Q: Do you know anyone else going?
A: Nope! But I’m confident that I’m going to make friends quickly
Q: Do you speak Spanish?
A: Un poco! A little bit! I studied it for about 7 years and can generally have a basic conversation though my grammar leaves a little to be desired
Q: How long will you be gone?
A: 2 years and 3 months
Q: Why do you want to do it?
A: Now this one’s my favorite. It’s hard to put into words exactly why I’ve wanted to be a Peace Corps volunteer for so many years. I’ve always loved to travel and I love experiencing other cultures and learning a new language. I really enjoyed Spanish in high school and I would really love to be bilingual. Most importantly though I think its really important to go out into the world and see how other people live. I want to broaden my worldview and hopefully change the world for the better along the way. I want to make a positive impact on the world I’m living in. I want to understand different perspectives and different ways of life. Peace Corps offers me the opportunity to do all of that and so much more.
I chose a song from “Legally Blonde: The Musical” to title this post for two reasons. 1-It’s very indicative of how I’m feeling right now and 2-It’s probably one of the first things that inspired me to look into the Peace Corps. Vivienne’s character goes through a really brilliant character arc throughout the story. She starts off as very hard and serious-a major contrast to Elle’s bubbly charm. Throughout the show we learn more about her and see that she is goal driven, supportive and, overall, just a really good person who expects a lot from the world. I connect with that. In “Find my way/Finale” Paulette sings about where everyone is post-Harvard. Guess where Vivienne ends up? Later that week I looked up the Peace Corps and I’ve been hooked ever since.
I’ll hopefully be updating this once more before I leave for staging but until then, in the words of Elle Woods “Even if I crash and burn 10 times a day, I think I’m here to stay, I’m gonna find my way.”