SEVEN Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Joined the Peace Corps
Number 1 Cultural differences that included pretty costumes and unusual music wouldn’t interest me nearly as much as those that made me shudder, or made me yell out, “Oh no!”
Number 2 “Flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor” weren’t just characteristics that would help me survive my PC years; they were ones that also helped me get through the application process.
Number 3 How does one really let go of those “things not meant for you?” My broken heart makes clear what’s really important to me.
Number 4 What does one do when a “free rider” tries to hitch a ride? You just say “no.”
Number 5 My host mom would be younger than I was.
Number 6 I thought, if not my age alone, then certainly my education would minimize the stress of the cultural challenges ahead of me. Yeah, right! Fortunately, empathy is a universal phenomenon, crossing those multiple cultural differences that so overwhelmed me.
Number 7 It took me traveling half way around the world, separated from everything I knew, to again feel the pride in identifying myself as, “An American.
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