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Three weeks ago I resigned from my position as a Credit Analyst at JP Morgan Chase, to accept a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in Sri Lanka. It was a tough decision, and I’ve had several people (whom I don’t know very well) come up to me on campus and question my decision – news spread fast on a college campus. I’ve found the biggest mental hurdle for my classmates comes down to two things, paycheck and stability.

Chase would have compensated me very well, and their credit training program is second to none. It was pretty clear to me that if I spent a few years with Chase I could network my way into private equity and make great money. Its an appealing route, and I was hesitant to rescind my contract. I was afraid that I’d burn my bridges with JP, and most other finance firms. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to pay off my student loans.

I’d say my bridges are still open with JP, as they are taking me to the Yankees game tonight. As for my student loans, I’ll figure it out as I go along. I have about $80k in debt, and with the Fulbright I’ll be making (close to) nothing. At this stage in my life I can get by on a low wage, I don’t have a family to worry about.

I’m driven by learning and exploring new ideas. The Fulbright will afford me a year to live abroad and explore another culture, language, and way of life. When I lived in China for a year I was challenged in ways I could have never expected. With this foundation I know that there is so much I have let to learn, and I look forward to the challenge that awaits. I’m not quite sure where this next step will take me, and for the first time in my college career I’ve come to embrace this uncertainty.

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