I must admit that I was undecided about starting a blog. Writing never has been my favorite activity, but after due consideration I decided that I should record my journey through graduate school. I intend to keep this blog anonymous, at least for the time being, so I can speak candidly. Out of respect for the people in my life, I will be using nicknames to preserve their anonymity as well.

Shall we begin?

I have 4.5 years of experience in an elementary classroom, 4.5 years of experience as a personal tutor, 3 years of experience as a volunteer teacher, and 3 years of experience as a freelance editor. (There was overlap with some of these activities as I am in my late twenties.) Although I thoroughly enjoyed every moment with my students, I fell in love with research while working as an undergraduate research assistant in Linguistics. The long-term goal is to work in educational research. My areas of interest are counter-hegemonic ESL/EFL education, military influence on foreign language curriculum design, heritage language retention and loss, and the relationships joining STEM education, ESL/EFL education, and educational policy with a focus on underserved, underprivileged areas.

I am beginning this adventure in graduate education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. I will take you through my master program, doctoral application, and doctoral program. Plus, you know, all of the other fun things Life might decide to throw my way.

-G

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