Monday, September 15, 2014

Ask Me if I'm on Taglit One More Time...

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." 

I don't really have anything extremely profound or groundbreaking to say - I think Muhammah Ali covered that for me- but I hope to use this blog as a way to give a bit of insight as to what goes on in my day-to-day life here. Though I have been in Israel for about 3 weeks now, I just finished completely unpacking last night so I'm now ready to Take PTK and blog about it along the way.

Our view of the Dead Sea from our first weekend in Israel

Cheers to new roommates and new beginnings 

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