Greetings to all! My name is Theresa Lyon and I am so excited to join the other awesome voices of student bloggers at Universities at Shady Grove (USG). I hope to contribute a unique perspective that will be be helpful and insightful to my peers. I am in the Social Work program at UMBC at USG and have begun my internship in mental health. It is considered a “writing-intensive” major (and it IS), so some of my loved ones are wondering why I would take on another writing task. I write on a personal level quite frequently and find that it is a really effective way to process my life and even achieve my goals.
Though I was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. metro area, I have always longed to travel to the far corners of the world. When I was 20 (just ten ‘short’ years ago) I was studying Spanish Education at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. I caught wind of the study abroad programs the school offered and leapt at the opportunity to study abroad in Lima, Peru. I figured I knew one person who lived there and I wanted to learn Spanish — those were legitimate enough reasons to go.
Studying Spanish in Peru became the catalyst that made me realize how much I loved traveling and learning about how different cultures live out their lives. I achieved my goal of becoming fluent in Spanish, and that has served me incredibly well to this day. Since that time, I have traveled to and lived in San Diego, California, Maui, Hawaii and Koh Samui, Thailand. Most recently, I had the privilege of becoming a certified TESOL/TEFL teacher and teaching English to the wonderful children of Koh Samui.
When my studies are through, I want to become an unconventional therapist with a private practice I can be proud of. I am keen on discovering and sharing different ways of empowering people to change their lives for the better. I hope to be able to encapsulate some of the beauty and diversity that’s Around the Grove on this blog. There are so many great people here who are all working on bettering their lives for themselves and their families. It is inspiring to witness and an honor to be a part of.