Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New Beginnings


A week from today I will start my Peace Corps training in Azerbaijan.  But before I get to my future, I guess I'll start with my past...

I am a 2003 Lafayette High graduate and a 2007 Scripps College alumna (Claremont, CA).  Majoring in anthropology, I decided to join the Peace Corps after discovering I have a burning passion for academic research.  However, as graduation from undergrad quickly approached, I knew my scholarly candle was burning from both ends.  I knew it was time for a break before I could commit to something as grand as grad school.  Applying to the Peace Corps seemed like the perfect blending of my anthropology interests and my desire to give something back.

So after a long application and an even longer waiting period, I finally received my service project: teaching English in Azerbaijan.  I'll admit it was not my first choice in countries, but the more I read about it the more excited I am to serve in this country that I did not know existed 6 months ago.

As my departure date approaches, my anxiety increases.  I do not know what the future will bring, but I cannot wait for this unique experience!

-Amy McManus


Steve said...


I was just surfing on your blog and thought I should introduce myself. I am steve, I am an engineer currently working in yaounde Cameroon. I graduated in the USA before going back home over 7 years ago. I see you are in Cameroon as well, What do you do and I hope you are enjoying the country.

Yours sincerely,

Steve T.

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