It all happened sort of quickly. After months of waiting anxiously, I had discovered that I had been admitted into my dream graduate school program. I would be moving to New York less than a month after my year of service with City Year was to end - to say I was elated would be a gross understatement.
But then, just as quickly, reality began to set in for me. I started looking at the cost of tuition more seriously and then realized that once I completed my masters program -- in a mere 13 months -- I would have to begin my career and become a real person. I am only 23 and still have so much I want to do before I settle down and "grow up."
So I did what any responsible 20-something year old would do and decided to defer graduate school for a year in order to move to a foreign country for 10 months.
|Seen at the Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem. Too perfect.|
And that's how I ended up in little ol' Petach Tikvah/Petah Tikva/Petah Tiqwa, Israel. As Wikitravel is quick to point out, Petach Tikvah (or PTK for short) is a "sleepy Israeli town that lies a few miles east of Tel Aviv." I will be living in PTK until July 2015. During this time I will be participating in a Masa Israel program called "Israel Teaching Fellows," through which I am fortunate enough to spend another 10 months striving to be a change agent in the world of education. As an Israel Teaching Fellow, I have the privilege of teaching English to elementary aged students at a public school here in PTK. As Muhammad Ali once said, "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."
|Our view of the Dead Sea from our first weekend in Israel|
|Cheers to new roommates and new beginnings|