It seems like the older I get, the faster time flies by. A year ago, I was sitting at home, wondering what I would do since graduating. 2015 was a transition time for me — not the best time, but necessary.
So what am I up to right now? What am I looking forward to in the future?
(This is in no particular order.)
- Improve my Turkish. I’ve been struggling since I stepped off the plane in August. The language is tough, but if I can hold the most basic of conversations, I’ll consider that a success. I’m starting Turkish lessons next week, so wish me luck.
- Get into a graduate program. Applying to five universities has consumed my mind for the last few months, and I’m so ready to be done.
- Travel more in and out of Turkey. This is the absolute best time for me to see other countries, so I’ll continue taking advantage of it. So far, I have Prague and Budapest planned for April, and Spain and Portugal planned for June. Time to start saving up. In Turkey, I want to get to the Black Sea (Trabzon and Rize, in particular) and the Mediterranean (from Antalya to Bodrum).
- POST MORE ON THE BLOG. I’ve been slacking! The goal: post at least once a week. So get ready.
- Stop eating so much fast food here in Turkey. There’s no microwave in my apartment, so every hot meal has to be cooked. It gets old really quickly, but I can’t keep ordering Subway, Dominos, Burger King, etc.
- Come up with more creative lesson plans. The textbook for my classes is boring, but with less than two hours per class every week, I don’t have much wiggle room. Some of my students have a lot of potential to speak English well, so I have to find better ways to motivate them to speak more.
That’s all this week! I’m off to Istanbul this weekend.
**This picture was taken in Hierapolis, near Denizli, Turkey.