Hey there, I am Julia Schulkers. I have an English degree from the University of Cincinnati with a concentration in creative writing. I’m currently serving as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. I work with Thai teachers to help them improve their critical thinking practices, English teaching, and instill confidence. I also work with the community youth on projects related to gender empowerment, sex education, sexuality, and making healthy life decisions. Upon my return to the States I’ll pursue my deep passion for science and the art of medicine by attending medical school.
Aside from an aspiring doctor, I’m a woman, a daughter, a granddaughter, an aunt, and a sister. I’m a writer at heart, an artist, a lover of tea, a wanna-be lover of coffee, and all good things in life. I enjoy smiling like a Thai, picking the perfect word out of my head, and meeting strangers-become-friends along my travels. I can’t keep white clothes white, I get grumpy when I’m sleepy, and beware of me in early morning hours. I’m a sight for sore eyes.
Here are two truths I live by: Always do what makes you happiest.
Slow down. Breathe. Live.
Let us not rush through life hurried, anxious and rushed. We’ve been told many times before that this is not a dress rehearsal, but know all too well that this is also not a play. This is life and the only one we’ve been bestowed with – let us occasionally remind ourselves of that.
I’ll blog not just about what I do in the Peace Corps but what it means to be in the Peace Corps, hopefully with an enriching clarity that puts it all into a tangible shape. Occasionally I’ll write about stories of others and mishaps along my way. Please follow along on this long adventure.
Stick around. I promise… you’ll want to see what I do.
*Find me on Twitter at @JuliaSchulkers*