Q: When did you graduate and with what major/minor/concentration?
A: 2016, East Asian Studies Major (Chinese), Media Studies Concentration
Q: What was your SIP title? Did you SIP help you professionally?
A: Beauty. And not yet, but I am hopeful!
Q: Can you talk about how you’ve spent your life since graduating from K?
A: Sure! I went back home to Indianapolis after graduation and worked for the 4th consecutive summer at the Avondale Meadows YMCA. I worked with the centers preschool and in the main office. In August I moved to Hsinchu, Taiwan where I am now working with HESS International. I teach at a cram school, and with the Kindergarten. And it has been a great experience teaching kids from 4 to 12 English.
Q: For the graduating seniors, how did you find direction after K?
A: Find direction doesn’t really describe my situation. But I’ve planned to teach English abroad since first year, and honestly I only applied to HESS during my winter quarter. I only thought about the fact that I didn’t want to stay home after graduation.
Q: Have you moved away from Kalamazoo? How have you been adjusting to life in your new home? Is it radically different than Kalamazoo?
A: You can say I’ve moved very far from Kalamazoo. I’ve been adjusting well to my life abroad here in Taiwan. It’s like study abroad, but this time I’m the teacher. It’s an exciting adventure.
Q: What do you do for work now?
A: I am an English Teacher.
Q: What experiences during your time at K do you think prepared you for this job?
A: My time spent as a Civic Engagement Scholar and working with Woodward have definitely prepared me. But I basically just play with my students all day.
Q: What is one thing/resource you wish you would have taken advantage of at K that you didn’t have a chance to take part of during your time at K?
A: I wish that I had used the CCPD more. There’s lots of resources there that I definitely didn’t take advantage of.
Q: What’s next?
A: I plan to stay in Taiwan for two or three years and then move back to the states and attend film school.