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Seeing the World, While Teaching

Alum teaches in South Korea
Briana Lederle describes advantages of history & political-science degree program at Huntington University, a Christian college.

“I wasn’t really a student who ever had a clear goal of what they wanted to do, but I knew I enjoyed history so I chose that and it was well worth it."

For Briana Lederle, teaching overseas was a way to see the world. She knew it wouldn’t be practical to just travel when she had student loans, but the classroom offered her that global experience along with a new career path she wasn’t expecting.

Lederle graduated in 2011 with a degree in history. She chose history because it was an interest of hers, but she stuck with it because of the amazing experience that the department gave her.

“I wasn’t really a student who ever had a clear goal of what they wanted to do, but I knew I enjoyed history so I chose that and it was well worth it,” she said. “It’s a major that you can adapt to almost anything.”

After leaving HU, Lederle began weighing her options for her future. After a “friend of a friend” told her about teaching in South Korea, her path became clear.

“I was attracted to Korea because it allowed me to explore teaching as a possible future career without needing to invest in additional education for something I wasn’t sure I wanted to pursue,” she said. “Basically, South Korea has allowed me to play around with the idea of being an educator. … On the practical side, I am able to save a lot of money and payback student loans, which is fantastic.”

In her position, she works with children from grades 1-6 in a full immersion setting — essentially they learn all of their lessons in English.

While Lederle is enjoying learning a new culture and a new language, she occasionally becomes homesick for her “western” way of life. Thankfully, she has a surprising solution for those days.

“If I’m feeling really homesick, I can pop over to McDonald’s and get a little sense of home. I never really ate at McDonald’s back home, but I was surprised that it was able to give some comfort on the extreme culture shock days,” she said.

At this point, she has no plans for the future. For now, she’s enjoying the culture and the unique experiences that have come with it.

“It has given me the opportunity to travel in an area of the world where I have much interest,” she said.

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