Meet Beka


Whatever this photo may suggest, I’m a Florida girl at heart.

This blog doesn’t have a specific “brand” or “theme”. Instead, it is simply about whatever I feel like writing about – travels, cooking, lessons learned, studies and photography. It will reflect my interests which are rather varied and unexpected. Sometimes, I will pour my heart out and sometimes I will just be downright silly.

I don’t want to give you a description of myself that you could use to steal my identity, so instead I will give you a list of random things that credit card companies don’t care to know.

  • I have eaten guinea pig food before.
  • My favorite drink is Kombucha.
  • I wear those ugly toe shoes, and I ran with an amazing group called Back on My Feet (when I’m in Atlanta, that is).
  • I am pretty much fluent in Spanish, and I have a strange accent that is heavily influenced by my time in Spain and even more so by ten months in Colombia.
  • Santa creeps me out.
  • I will try any food you put in front of me (except anything containing gluten – I have celiac disease), but I don’t like most fast food.
  • I have a habit of doing things outside my comfort zone and skill set.
  • I almost always have my Canon 30D or my iPhone camera on hand.
  • My favorite movies are Hot Rod, Napoleon Dynamite and Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog.
  • I thought I knew what I wanted to do with my life, but I went through some major changes. I now know I’m really passionate about applied linguistics.
  • I didn’t go to a public school until I went to college.
  • I am married to a guy I’ve known since I was five years old and reconnected with through a throwback Thursday photo on Facebook.
  • I don’t drink soda.
  • I love Jesus!

Here’s the fancy education information that you probably don’t care to know: I graduated in May 2013 from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Sciences and an Undergraduate Certificate in TEFL. I recieved an Applied Linguistics: TESOL at Georgia State University. I took a school year off to teach English in Tunja, Colombia as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. I am now teaching in the Raleigh-Durham area. My research interests include ETA training, intercultural communication, reflective teaching practices, corpus-based discourse analysis and psycholinguistics.

NOTE: That quote at the top of my blog is not my own. It’s a line from Fantastic Mr. Fox which is another one of my favorite movies.

DISCLAIMER: This blog is NOT an official US Department of State website. The views and information presented are of the author as a private citizen and do not represent the Fulbright Program or the US Department of State.