Title: Saying Goodbye to Brno
Abstract: Studying abroad in Brno, Czech Republic was the most incredible experience of my life so far. I have learned so much about the world, myself, and who I want to be as a person. I hope to teach English abroad and one day work in International Education to inspire students to study abroad.
When I came to Brno, Czech Republic in February, I was not sure what to expect. Moving to a foreign country where you don’t know the language and have not experienced the culture before can be a scary thing. Thankfully, I had nothing to be worried about and this has been the best experience of my life. I came to Brno for the main purpose of taking part in a program for English teachers, and I learned so much in and outside of the classroom.
The greatest part was living in the international student dorm and meeting students from all over the world. I formed so many incredible friendships that I know will last a lifetime. I learned how to be a better member of this global community we are all living in. This starts with expanding your knowledge of the world and the people in it. Living and learning with these amazing people has reminded me that every person and every culture is wonderful and any person can be a great friend if you give them a chance.
Living in Brno has also taught me a lot about what makes a city a great place to live. I have learned how much I appreciate public transportation, café culture, vibrant city centers, and other parks and public spaces. Brno is the kind of city I could see myself living in one day, especially while I am still young. I hope that I will find a job in a city with as much energy and life as Brno.
When I started the English teaching program at Masaryk University, I had never taught before. I was worried that I would be a terrible teacher or not like it. Thankfully, the knowledge and experience I gained from my courses here have allowed me to learn enough to call myself a teacher. I have witnessed how much people appreciate the ability to speak English with a native speaker and how much I have taken my ability to speak English for granted. With more dedication and practice, I know I could be a successful English teacher.
Now that I have learned how much I enjoy teaching, I am ready to pursue my goals of living and teaching English abroad. I plan to start this summer by being a nanny for a family with three young daughters in Zaragoza, Spain. I will help the girls learn and practice speaking English. Without my time here in the Czech Republic, I don’t think I could have had the courage to do this. Now, I am more confident as a teacher and as a person. After spending the summer in Spain, I hope to obtain an English teaching job in Europe. Although job hunting is very demanding, I am determined to make this dream a reality.
After teaching English abroad for several years, I hope to attend a Master’s program in International Education. My dream job is to work at a university or study abroad organization to encourage every student to seek meaningful opportunities abroad. I feel that studying abroad is a very important part of every student’s life, and every university should work very hard to get as many students as possible to go abroad. I hope that I can inspire students to go abroad and grow and learn as much as I did this semester. I also hope that reading about my experiences abroad has inspired you to want to travel, see the world, and study abroad! Not only will you learn a lot, but it is probably the most fun experience you will ever have in your entire life. Thank you for allowing me to share this journey with you, and bon voyage!