June 11, 2019
Boy, I have a lot of catching up to do.
I know my blog sites have been sitting around collecting dust for the past few years, but I decided I want to change that. Besides, the whole purpose of these blog sites were to share my work, my story and my creativity with others, so that is what I will do!
[I also thought I would take this opportunity to update you all on what has been going on in my life.]
I graduated from Montclair State University last May with my bachelor’s degree in journalism, and I cannot believe it has already been a year. I really miss college: the campus, the professors, the classes. Being an adult in the real world is tough, especially when I am in that “I-have-to-find-a-job-to-make-money-to-live” mode.
Unfortunately, I did not find a job in journalism right after graduation (like that would have happened anyway). One of the reasons is likely because I did not take an internship opportunity (Oops…). So, I spent all last summer looking and applying for jobs in journalism: in Philadelphia, New York City and even Madison, Wisconsin. Application after application, rejection after rejection, I felt hopeless and thought I was never going to get a job. Believe me, I was just about ready to give up and consider myself a failure.
Eventually, I landed a part-time job as an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor with a company called Cambridge Network. I spent this past school year (September to June) at Holy Spirit High School tutoring a small group of Chinese exchange students (five seniors and one sophomore) and preparing them for their college experience in America.
Being an ESL tutor was a lot more challenging than I had originally thought. I thought I would have a set curriculum where I give them specific vocabulary words each week, teach them certain lessons that corresponded with what they are learning in their English classes. Instead, I had to create and develop my own lessons based on the students needs and ability level.
FYI: Because I worked for Cambridge Network at Holy Spirit High School, this is what I had to do. I am not sure how it works for other ESL tutors.
I taught them lessons from how to use punctuation and proper grammar to how to write an academic essay in MLA format. I gave them SAT/ACT “Words of the Day” (via Quizlet.com) for their vocabulary. And being the helpful tutor I am, I also helped a couple of my senior students with their college essays.
In the process of reading and editing their essays, I remember the effort (or lack thereof) I made when I was in high school and how much I wish I had “strived” for college. But, at the same time, I also do not regret the path I chose to take when I went to college.
I started at the local community college where I had a two-year scholarship, covering my tuition (I only had to pay for my textbooks and materials). I got to live at home and enjoy home-cooked meals instead of living in an apartment or dorm. I loved living at home for the first two years because I was not quite mentally prepared to “move out” yet. While going to school, I also worked part-time for a few months just to save up and have some money in my pocket… Reminiscing in these memories made me miss the college life even more.
After a lot of research and consideration, I decided to apply for the Master of Arts in Writing program at Rowan University for the fall 2019 semester. I have always dreamed of becoming a professionally-published author and poet, maybe even become a screenwriter for a television sitcom or movie someday. I believe getting my master’s degree will help me achieve (at least one of) these goals and push me in the right direction. I cannot wait to start this new chapter in my college career!
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where I am at now in my life; I have been living my life one day at a time. Every day, I am always trying to figure out my path: where I want to go, what I want to do. I thank my family and friends for their support and my past for the experiences that brought me to where I am today. Thank you all.