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Travel has always been an interest of mine. From studying abroad to choosing my major, from choosing where to work and what to do, "travel," "international," and "global" are all guiding keywords in my decision-making process.
I graduated in 2012 with a degree in International Studies. An admittedly nebulous term, I.S. encompasses subjects as vastly different as economics, politics, history, religion, linguistics and business. With Spanish and Japanese under my belt, I decided to spend two years fighting my way through the hilly tones of Standard Mandarin Chinese. 我还活着呢 (I'm still alive).
For better or worse, my two-year plan to conquer as much Mandarin as possible has come to an end. But what didn't end was my love of travel and learning. It's no easy task to sacrifice 4 months of exhilarating annual travel to Europe, Asia, and the Americas for a 9-to-5 desk job with 10 days of paid leave!
So, upon returning to America, I asked myself, "What now? What can you do to make money, but still have the freedom to travel, capitalize on your strength of self-directed learning, and potentially provide opportunities for utilizing your language skills?" As they say, the rest is history!