I study abroad on Semester at Sea (SAS). It´s my first time outside the United States and I realize I absolutely love traveling abroad, experiencing other cultures and ways of life.
When I return to Chapman University to resume classes, I add political science as a second major to accompany my first in film production.
I travel to Uganda to film a documentary. Soon after I spend two months backpacking through Europe with three SAS friends, including Marissa (now a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Senegal).
Finally I graduate from college. I go back and forth about applying to serve in the Peace Corps. Marissa has already left to Senegal, another friend Steven is in South Africa…. What am I supposed to do with my life?
Peace Corps sounds like a good option, but two whole years away from the comforts of America??
I return to Uganda to film another documentary on the youth experience there. On the side I volunteer with a youth education nonprofit. This is when I realize how important youth development and international development are to me. Seven weeks in Uganda convince me to apply for the Peace Corps.
13 November 2015
18 November 2015
Only five days later the Peace Corps places me under consideration for Morocco, departing September 2016.
3 December 2015
I am contacted for an interview.
17 December 2015
I interview with a placement specialist (who served in Kenya). The interview goes okay, but I am not too optimistic at some of my responses to her questions. And so I wait.
14 January 2016
I am invited to serve in Morocco! My initial excitement is quickly met with nerves and thoughts of I don’t know if I want to do this. Luckily, I have one full week to make a decision.
16 January 2016
But only two days pass until I accept the invitation. Chats with parents and a few close friends have convinced me that this is what I need to do. I start completing the mountains of required paperwork.
14 March 2016
I schedule all of my medical tasks, including an eye exam, physical exam, blood work, and dental exam and x-rays.
4 April 2016 – 8 April 2016
I finish all the required medical tasks and submit them for Peace Corps medical staff review.
18 April 2016
18 August 2016
Conference call with my staj and PC Morocco staff. I book my flight from Portland to Philadelphia for 9/18 to attend staging on 9/19, and I learn that our group flight to Morocco will fly from New York on 9/20.
19 September 2016
20 September 2016
I fly to Morocco with 108 other trainees.