So, my name is Aileen. I’m a 28-year-old Dubliner. I’m an English Language Teacher and I teach in a wonderful little school in the city centre. My students are mostly from South America, Mexico and South Korea. I consider myself work-orientated, so it surprises me that I rarely write about my work here.
What makes me ‘me’: I spent fourteen years studying Irish or ‘Gaelic’ in all-Irish speaking primary and secondary schools. I wish I had continued my Irish studies through university but I didn’t – I studied English, Philosophy and the Classics instead. This year I decided to get back to the Gaeilge by enrolling in conversation classes and by buying Irish grammar books.
Another thing about me: I practise mindfulness (being aware of the present – it’s harder than it sounds!) I became interested in mindfulness and its benefits in 2014 when I was working as a journalist for Dublin’s commuter newspaper, Metro Herald. It was a great opportunity and for six months I was doing what I had thought was my calling in life but then I realised I was just so so stressed. It was mindfulness – focusing on the present instead of wallowing about the past and fretting over the future – that helped me refocus.
When I applied for a CELTA course with International House I really didn’t anticipate just how much it would change my life. For the better. I haven’t looked back since!