Alumni Emma Snow graduated in 2012 and then attended the University of North Texas, earning a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. While at Legacy, Snow participated in choir, show choir and theater.
What have you done after high school?
“After high school, I went straight to University of North Texas, from 2012 until I graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor in Arts in International Studies,” Snow said. “During that time, I worked odd jobs, and studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea for one semester. After graduating, I spent 6 months working on earning my certification for teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). During that time, I was also applying for the EPIK program, which partners with the South Korean government to hire native English teachers to work in public elementary, middle, and high schools. I was accepted for the Spring 2017 intake, and have now been living in Daegu, South Korea for a little over 7 months.”
What are you doing now?
“I work as an English teacher in a public elementary school in South Korea,” Snow said. “I teach 1st through 6th grade students, and work with two Korean co-teachers. We mostly follow a national curriculum set by the government, but there is some leeway in each individual classroom for other activities. Through the EPIK program, my school pays for my apartment, and as a government employee, I receive access to the national healthcare and pension, in addition to other benefits. For my job, in addition to preparing and teaching lessons for each grade, I also assist with summer and winter English camps, school broadcasts, and other various events and tasks at my school.”
What are your plans for the future?
“As for the future, I plan on staying in South Korea for at least another couple of years,” Snow said. “It is a wonderful country, and I really enjoy living here and working as a teacher. However, at some point, I plan on attending graduate school, either here or at a university in Europe. After that, I hope to find a job in the humanitarian aid/human rights field with an NGO or non-profit organization.”
What is your advice for current high schoolers?
“My advice for current high schoolers is to never think your dreams are too big, but to also remember that it’s okay not to know exactly what you want to do with your life,” Snow said “When I was just graduating high school, I had a very different idea of what I wanted to do, and a very different major, from when I graduated four years later. Even now, I still continue to find new interests. Bottom line is, enjoy your high school years, and take advantage of any opportunities you can to cultivate your passions, but don’t feel pressured to have it all figured out by 18. Savor every moment of your time in school, but remember that there is so much more to life than these four years, and that the world is simply waiting for you to get out there and explore everything it has to offer.”