I wanted to make this a quick not but how can I? So here I am minding my own business in Guinea West Africa. I think actually I was just going about my business and working and well basically what i came here to do and it hit me. What? It wasnt the casual what are you going to do when you go home. It was the more like what the hell have I been doing for the past two years? So yeah I stopped and thought about where I was before leaving home. I was 22; fresh out of college with a degree to do *something* (or rather proves I am not retarded nowadays) On top of that I had no idea where i was going, i had experience in nothing so what do you do? Well the obvious response is GO OUT AnD GET a JOB! I refuse! So instead I applied to join the Peace Corps to delay the job search, as some may put it.
Technically I do have a job for those skeptics. I remember when I first said hey that sounds like something I want to do I got a bunch of crap, and a lot of no you cant do that. A lot of what a waste of time and etc. the list goes on but basically many people told me thats not the way for me to go. So what did I do? I stopped telling people what I wanted for me and went ahead and did what I wanted to do. And I dont regret it one bit. So I went to go work for the Peace Corps and now Im a health volunteer in Guinea WesT Africa and I love it! I can actually say i love it!
Now as far as what have I accomplished since arriving in Guinea in December 2007, well by looking at someone youd say eh she hasnt changed a bit. its definately not on the outside, the only thing i see Ive changed on the outside is I may have put on a few pounds. But Ive put a lot into me. For starters my french sucked upon arriving here, Ive been able to communicate with coworkers, friends and strangers in two foreign languages, somethingi hadnt thought possible. On top of that Ive been working closely with a community every day helping everyday at their health center. Ive made everlasting friendships and I have a family here as well. I learned how to cook. Well more specifically I learned how to cook rice and African sauces. I learned how to cook with sticks. LOL. I can carry a crap load of things on my head, including a 25 liter bottle of water. I can wash my laundry in any river just give me a rock. I have learned how to integrate in a foreign community, its not everyone who can wear long skirts everyday, and learn a foriegn tongue to boot. Then there is those moral things Ive learned, like how to live without a television, running water, or a computer. Sometimes I think yeah thats really nice but is it really necessary to update my facebook picture every other day? Not likely. So i can say Ive learned what it means sacrfice but not just from my own from my neighbors as well. Its nearly every day they have a sacrifice so in return God will repay them. Does this work? But its what life is here. The list goes on but I am going to stop right there because (the internet cafe will close soon and two i think the point is proven). So tell me then where I am going to apply these skills into my job search?
Recently ive been studying for the GRE and hope to take the exam the end of October. But probably wont go back to school until next next year like 2011 i guess. Well see how it goes, I dont know if anyone is keeping track but im getting older. I think I might have to stop keeping track after this year of my age. heheeeee. (no pictures, i lost my cable)
In all seriousness I am open to suggestions for after Peace Corps of ideas as far as work, school, or any other ideas you may have. I am open for any suggestions, email them. firstname.lastname@example.org or just tell me but itd be a lot of help tp tell me now as oppossed to when i get home.