The long story about why I thought I was done with EARSL...
When my high school career ended, and college began, I thought the things I did would have to be closely related to the career I am interested in. I don't know if I ever mentioned it but I really want to become a doctor. I don't talk about it because wanting to be a doctor falls beautifully into the stereotypical south asian. I don't want people to think that because I want to be a doctor -- every other part of the stereotype also fits me. So I don't talk about it much. I usually dodge the question about what I want to do when I grow up.
I want to be a doctor in Sri Lanka. That is my goal. I would be really happy if that is the way my life leads me. I thought teaching/tutoring would not fit in that path. That said, I did not plan to teach this year.
Unfortunately, my grandmother passed away earlier this year. She was in a very critical condition for 3 years and she passed peacefully. During the funeral, I noticed a large sea of white uniforms coming through the gate. The entire school had come. The entire school came to the funeral. I was touched. Very very touched. I knew then that the connection I had with the school was stronger than I had imagined. I told myself that I had to teach no matter what.
Hi! I'm Samalya. When I'm not running about cramming for school I sit on my laptop and (attempt to) make a curriculum to improve spoken English in rural Sri Lanka!