2019 Life Update

It’s been a little over 2 years since I have last written. Unfortunately, time has slipped away from me for various reasons. A lot has happened since 2017. First off, I have been on several trips both internationally and domestically. The first being the Europe trip that I mentioned in one of my previous posts in 2017, but never got the chance to update about it. One of the next posts that I plan on writing will be about the Europe trip for sure.

The domestic trips that I went on last year were to Niagara Falls and to Wildwood beach. I’ve been to Niagara Falls several times since I have family living in that area, but my boyfriend and daughter have never been so I thought it would be nice to take a trip there again for their sake. The beach was also a nice little getaway to enjoy the ocean and the boardwalk. Plus it was nice to have my daughter enjoy the beach, now that she’s old enough to actually enjoy it.

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Next important event that happened was that I finally graduated college last fall with a Bachelor’s in German and also a Bachelor’s in Multidisciplinary Studies. It’s been a long couple years in getting my bachelor’s degrees, but it can be done with hard work and determination. Now I am working on my Master’s in Secondary Education. I just finished up with my first semester in my master’s program, so I finally have some time to relax a little until the fall. Now now I finally have some time, I can finally get into the groove again on posting about different languages, cultures, and places around the world. So stay tuned!

A New Beginning

Today is my graduation day. Soon I will put on my cap and gown, and walk across the field to receive my high school diploma. It seems like my life is going right by my eyes-my childhood and adolescence. I can recollect all my memories like they all happened yesterday-eating Cheez-its and then running to the mirror to stick my tongue out so I could see the orange mush on my tongue (I know-gross), jumping off the table and pretending that I could fly, playing Pokemon on my Nintendo Color and other games on the Nintendo 64, playing with friends with Polly Pockets and other dolls, moving houses, making new friends, bowling, playing outside on the street, and spending time with my Korean grandmother.

13-14 years of my life since I first started pre-school have past. The time in elementary school seemed to go by slowly. Middle school went by quickly, and I don’t know even know where the time has gone by during high school. It seems like my first day of school was just yesterday. Now I’m graduating.

A chapter in my life is ending, however, this only means that a new one is just beginning. Ein neuer Anfang.

In a few days, some of my relatives from South Korea are coming down to visit. In about 3 weeks, I will be going to Nanjing, China with the CIEE Leadership Academy. There, I will be staying with a Chinese host family. Then in a few months, I will be going to Germany. And I’ll be going to a German high school. How ironic. I graduate from high school, just to go back. I’m not complaining, though. I want to do this. I want to experience what it’s like going to a German high school. I want to experience the German culture and living in a German family. 

I look around, and I realize that I’m going to be in the United States only for a couple more months. I will be leaving the familiarity of my community, family, and friends. I won’t be seeing the same sights I’ve been seeing the past how many years. Everything will be foreign to me. I will have to expand my comfort zone. It seems kind of scary at first, but I feel exhilarated at the thought of my upcoming exchange year.

September can not come soon enough. But I’m going to enjoy each day as it comes. Including this one. Time to finally graduate! 

Life’s Aspirations

For the longest time, I had no idea what I wanted to be.  I’m good at giving advice, maybe I should be a psychologist? I once thought. Maybe a teacher? A veterinarian? How about an anthropologist? But the more I thought about it, the more I knew I couldn’t see myself doing any of these careers for the rest of my life.

Junior year came and I was still undecided. One fateful day came and I had my annual meeting with my guidance counselor. She asked me once again if I had any idea what I wanted to do and of course, I still didn’t know. So then, she plainly asked me, “What’s your favorite class?” I automatically thought, “German, of course.” Then, it hit me. Foreign languages.I always had a love for foreign languages and cultures. Why couldn’t I think of this before?

Foreign languages and cultures have always surrounded my life. I would have to say the biggest influences on my passion for foreign languages are my parents. I was fortunate enough to have a Korean mother who teaches me Korean and gives me a glimpse of the Korean culture throughout my life. Not only has my mom influenced my passion for foreign languages, but also my American father. The main reason why I wanted to study German out of the 4 languages offered at my school was because of him. I still remember the times he would use his limited German (which he remembered from his days in school) and would randomly ask me questions or just say simple phrases like Sitzen Sie in dem Stuhl! Ja! I wanted to learn and understand these random sentences/questions and to one day speak better German than him (which I do now :P). Es tut mir Leid, Vater! 

So what’s my aspiration? I am an aspiring linguist. I am currently studying German, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Latin. The feeling of conversing in a foreign language, assimilating foreign cultures, and experiencing different customs ignites a desire within me. My goal is to one day work for the military or the government and use my linguistic skills for the good of my country. Why? Nothing would bring me greater joy than serving my country while pursuing my passion and exploring what the world has to offer. No matter what path life leads me, there are 3 things I’m sure of..First, I wish to always continue studying and one day be fluent in German, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Latin (and perhaps others like Japanese and Russian?) Second, I want to fully assimilate the different cultures of the world and truly view life in a foreign country as if I was truly a native. Lastly, I wish to one day help teach why knowing foreign languages and cultures are important (especially in today’s society).

If you don’t know what you’re looking for, it may be difficult to figure out your aspiration in life. However, it could be as simple as searching deep within. Deciding what you want to do with your life shouldn’t be just simply finding a career that pays the most money. Instead, it should be something that you love and can be truly happy doing for the rest of your life.