Pausing Briefly, Moving Forward

A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that “individuality” is the key to success.”                       -Robert Orben

I felt it too…. The sameness. Graduation was far less bittersweet to me than it was… refreshing. I grew tired of the same places, the same small conversations about people rather than ideas. Although I enjoyed my college years tremendously, the time spent with my sorority sisters, and the larger close-knit multicultural greek community I was apart of, I was ready to jump out into world!

My sorority sisters and I
My sorority sisters and I

The months leading up to graduation brought disappointments and cancellations of prior plans. I had been excited about the prospect of being accepted to ‘Teach for America’, and then teaching English in Chile; however, they were both great opportunities rather than what I was meant to do. Fortunately, I was raised to know that the universe had something better in store for me.

My mama and I
My mama and I
dad, me, mom
dad, me, mom

My plans manifested themselves in the form of my highest, truest, what-I-was-meant-to-do job… a teaching job in Thailand! I am now working at Satit Kaset International Program, a small, elite K-8 bilingual demonstration school. With my 3rd grade class, I will enjoy freedom with lessons, as I am encouraged to be an innovative educator. I will be working alongside a Thai teacher, who will greatly emphasize Thai culture, and another seasoned American teacher who has been teaching at Satit Kaset for over 10 years.

Aren’t you scared to teach abroad?  I was asked a lot. To be quite honest, I was far less scared of this exotic, unknown experience than teaching in America’s system of education where I feel stifled by scripted curriculum, overwhelmed, and overworked. And I was only a student teacher.

Brother Chris, me, and sister Allie
Brother Chris, me, and sister Allie

After 4 long, long, long years in college, I am finally a graduate, and I have moved onto thrilling things! I am so excited for this opportunity and my pending experiences here in Thailand.

Although I had been looking forward to this experience, it came coupled with the sadness of leaving someone I am in love with. With heavy hearts, my boyfriend and I said our goodbyes, both of us nervous for the trials of a long distance relationship, excited for the opportunities coming our individual ways, and confident that things will work out as they are meant to be.

My boyfriend David and I <3
My boyfriend David and I <3

I have been in Thailand for 5 days now; my mouth has already been exposed to some delicious concoctions, and I start my first day of teaching tomorrow! I can’t wait to keep you all updated! Coming soon… a tour of my Bangkok apartment!


  1. Deanna O'Connell | 25th May 13

    Nice, Casey. Love your honesty. Mom

  2. NC O'Connells | 26th May 13

    What a wonderful time in your life. Best always…

  3. Jeri | 26th May 13

    Get it LS. You are already on your huge path to greatness. Such an amazing woman- I can’t wait to hear more!

  4. Grethe | 27th May 13

    Congratulations, Casey! I can’t wait to hear about more of your thoughts and adventures out in that big, wonderful world. You are an inspiration! Love, Grethe

  5. Ben & Jen | 9th Jun 13

    I’m excited to have found your blog; I also graduated in May and will be heading to Thailand in late August to teach! Good luck with your big adventure 🙂

    • Words of a Wanderer | 9th Jun 13

      Wow, how awesome!!! It’s a wonderful place, you’ll love it! Nice to meet you, and happy reading 🙂

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