The Question

“So what are your plans for after the grant?”

This question seems to be popping up in conversations more often these days. It was just one year ago when I was on the brink of finishing college and every person that I encountered asked me the same thing,

Random person: So what are your post-graduate plans?

Me: I don’t know. Find me a job?

And then I got the Fulbright.

Random person: So what are your post-graduate plans?

Me: I’m going to India to teach English.

It felt good to give a solid answer. I’m pretty sure 75% of the people that answer this question are of the I don’t know variety, at any given time. I am currently of the I don’t know variety, once again. Yay for uncertainty? 

Oh, how time flies.

Random person: So what are your plans post-grant?

Me: I want to do a yoga teacher training course and then travel around India until I run out of money or my visa expires, whichever comes first. If it is the latter, I can always jump ship to another South Asian destination like Bali. But that’s all unconfirmed because I need to find a job too.

Some might say I’m planning on having my own Eat, Pray, Love experience. I wouldn’t know, I didn’t read the book and I fell asleep halfway through the Eat section of the movie.

My parents think its a little too vagabond-like. For some unexplainable reason, the need to find a job feels urgent.

I’ve learned from past experience that it can be difficult to get the attention of future employers while living abroad. As excited as I am to start my career and pick up where I left off with my last internship, I also want to travel and see as much of the world as I can, with no strings attached.

That tentative job will always be there. But, I’m not quite sure that this opportunity will.

So as of now, I’m not entirely sure when I am coming home or what my next job will be, but I can rejoice in all of the blessings that the year 2013 has brought me. I will be content if 2014 is half as fruitful as this past year, but trust that I will work to make it just as satisfying.

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