things I wish I knew when I started college

It’s almost that time of the year when the traffic gets ridiculous, there are no parking spots in a one mile radius of my office, and the meetings led by long-winded professors begin once again. A relatively calm and quiet college town turns into a chaotic whirl of students and parents. The start of a new year at the university.   As I enjoy the last few breaths of summer and quiet, I think back to my first year of… Read more »

fulbright scholarship

As of June 30, I submitted my completed Fulbright scholarship application for next year! I really don’t have a concept for how competitive the process is or how good my chances of getting chosen actually are. So, I wanted to put together the strongest possible application that I could. I spent a lot of time working on my proposal and all of the application components. I started learning Korean and reading research relevant to my work. I reached out to… Read more »

new midlife crisis

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’ve been working through a bit of a personal crisis. I, however, prefer to call it my journey of personal discovery. Most of the time when I mention this feeling of restlessness and discontent to someone older, I am told that I am just having a mid-life crisis. How can that be? Women can start their mid-life crisis at 35, or so the Internet says. Unfortunately, I think… Read more »

A few weeks ago, I shared with you that I had decided to apply for a Fulbright scholarship. I have always loved travel and been fascinated by foreign countries and cultures. Lately, I’ve felt a strong urge to get out of the US and explore more of the world. I started talking to colleagues about opportunities to teach over the summer at colleges around the world and decided it was something I wanted to try to do next summer. As… Read more »

steps to personal growth

If you’ve been following along on my journey of personal discovery this year, you will know that I have been looking deep into myself to find my passion and my purpose. For my whole life, I’ve felt like the purpose of my gifts and talents was so much bigger than the small towns to which they have been confined. Part of finding the answers to my questions this year has been confronting that nagging feeling that just would not go… Read more »

believe in your dreams

My everyday jewelry includes three bracelets with phrases that I like to focus on throughout my day. One of those bracelets simply states, “Believe.” Although it was an Origami Owl Christmas product, I find that it suits me well every day. Every time I look down, I am reminded to believe in myself and to believe in my dreams.   When I talk about believing, I mean believing in something that defies all the odds. It’s not like saying “I… Read more »