College, Graduate School, Ethiopia! What to do?!
So, I’ll be entering my last year of college this August and I know that I want to do graduate school for my MPH in Global Health. This past couple of months though, I’ve kept debating whether or not I should go straight into grad school or take a year off. Everyone I ask tells me to go straight through but my thoughts lie elsewhere.
A part of me really wants to defer enrollment and spend a year in Ethiopia. I’ve only been there once, in 2001, and I really miss it (Its funny how a country can make such an impact on a girl that was only eight years old at the time). My reasons for going are more personal, here are a few:
- I’d like to improve my skills in Tigrinya and Amharic which are quite horrible at the moment and/or nonexistent depending on the context and who’s speaking! What a shame!
- Spend time with family
- And just get a little closure after the death of my father by getting to know his side of the family who all live in Ethiopia (Let’s add Afaan Oromo to bullet point #1!)
And it’s not like I would sit on my ass the whole year. Maybe I could find an internship or volunteer with an organization. I know I have tons of options especially considering my interests and career goals. I just don’t know what to do guys. Thoughts? Tips? Anyone in a similar situation?
On the bright side, if I don’t get accepted into any of my choices, it would make my situation a whole lot easier! :) Actually, that might be a devastating reality.