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Amy Li

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Bio

I have a passion for connecting with people whose first language is not English and teaching has allowed me to fulfill my passion and pour into someone else so that they can share their passion with the world. I love making connections with people from different cultures, and I am constantly striving to equip others with the tools they need to achieve their dreams and change the world. When I lived in Japan last year for three months, I felt like I'd found the place my soul belonged. Eastern Asian culture has always been a part of my life because of my father and grandparents raising me with their Taiwanese, Japanese and Chinese culture, and I hold their teachings close to my heart. Becoming an English teacher will open doors to allow me to continue to explore my heritage and connect with people from that heritage, and to touch people's lives and impact their future so that they can go and reach for their dreams and change the world in a positive way.

Education

North Central University

Master's degree program
2020 - 2022
  • Majors:
    • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Thomas Edison State University

Bachelor's degree program
2017 - 2017
  • Majors:
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Minors:
    • Psychology, General

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • English Language and Literature, General
    • Psychology, General
    • Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology
    • Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Education

    • Dream career goals:

      English Language Teacher and Missionary

    • Online English Language Teacher

      VIPKid
      2019 – Present5 years
    • English Language Learning Teacher

      Christian Liberty Academy
      2020 – Present4 years
    • Multimedia manager, proofreader, lead generator, contract closer, project manager

      L&L Graphic Solutions
      2017 – 20192 years

    Arts

    • Chicago West Community Music Center Symphony Orchestra

      Music
      MISA Music Festival in ShangHai, China, Night Out in the Park, ASM CWCMC Summer Program 2020, ASM 2021 "What's Going On"
      2018 – 2020

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Arlington Heights Memorial Library — English Tutor
      2019 – 2020
    • Volunteering

      The Life Church of Glenview — Music leader, youth worker, secretary to the pastoral couple, cleaning services, greeter, music minister, Facebook page manager, cook, babysit, wash dishes, clean toilets, idea generator, idea executer, errand-runner.
      2011 – Present
    • Volunteering

      TLC Resale — Volunteer
      2018 – 2019

    Future Interests

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Mental Health Movement Scholarship
    "This isn't normal." "Nobody feels like this." "I'm broken." "I can't be fixed." At first, these words only described the inner chaos that plagued my mind. No one seemed to hear my silent screams for help, and I convinced myself that this meant those words were right: the broken me was my reality and there was nothing I could do to change it. The days wore on and I continued as if another part of me still struggled to accept and embrace this truth. I told myself to give up and if someone really cared then they would have reached out by now. My fate was sealed, my reality was crashing down on me, and I had no way out. Though my body was weak from skipping meals and my mind was trying to kill me, my heart stubbornly refused to die, as if there was a silent voice urging me forward, telling me there was a way out if only I would keep moving. Then, one day, I finally confided in someone the things I had been through and the battles that still went on in my mind. It was simply a reality to me; others had it much worse so it hurt no one to talk about the insignificant pain I lived with and the angry voices that screamed of my worthlessness and brokenness at every turn. A moment later, my phone rang and a soft, kind voice whispered, "Talk to me. You're not alone. You're not the first to go through something like this. Your pain is real, your feelings are valid, and I know you feel broken but I also know you're strong enough to get through this. You won't always be like this. I believe in you." Those words changed me. I learned that the mental battle scars I wore could show others with physical scars that they could make it. I could breathe life into a dying mind by whispering, "You're not alone. You're not the first, which means you can make it just like they did. You can change. I believe in you."