During my senior year at North Carolina State University, I made a major decision that changed the course of my life. I had planned to graduate with a Business Administration degree and had already been offered a job with a great starting salary after my graduation. Shortly before the start of my last semester, I came to the realization that there was more to life than just money.
I wanted to do something with my life to really make a difference in the lives of others. I was from a broken home, and there were several teachers that I had in middle and high school that really impacted my life. I wanted to help youth the way that these teachers had helped me.
This summarizes the Why of my desire to teach. What about the Where? Why Asia? Why China?
Twelve years ago I traveled to the Philippines to conduct a camp. While there I fell in love with Asian culture. I have since traveled to Asia many times, with each successive trip reaffirming my desire to move to this part of the world.
I am fascinated by China. Its rich heritage, industrious citizenry, and scenic beauty make this country unique. I trust that I will be able to make a difference in the lives of Chinese youth.