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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
May 01 2011

Choices are hard….

I accepted my job with TFA the day it was offered.  I’d spent the past few months reading everything I could about education reform and teaching, while observing and practicing “teacher moves” as a teaching assistant that I would be able to perfect as a CM next year.

Then, out of the blue, I got an email from Fulbright.  Oh, right.  Applied to teach English in Colombia.  Back in September.  Had received one email from them in January telling me I was still being considered.

Tempting.  Very tempting.

But not where my mind’s at right now.

Friends find it hard to believe that I’d turn down a chance to live abroad on a Fulbright grant for a year.  As one of my friends, a 1L at Harvard, put it: Teach for America sounds noble, but would probably be a lot less [bleepin'] awesome than teaching in Colombia.

True.  But I guess not all decisions are made for their awesome factor.

TFA it is.

(Now watch for posts throughout the year begging for the chance to escape to the beaches of Colombia).

2 Responses

  1. Ms. D

    I don’t know you, but I am proud of you for sticking it out. You could have very very easily found a way to get out of your TFA “contract”, but instead you’re going to stick it out and something told you to do so. You are going to do awesome things next year. Never forget that. :)

  2. Late Bloomer

    Why don’t you ask for a 1-year deferral? Take the Fulbright and join TFA next year?

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