My name is Margaret "Maggie" Pence. I graduated from Minnesota State University this past May with a bachelor of arts in Political Science and Communication Studies. Since August 26th, 2014, I have been living in South Korea. I will be spending the next year teaching English at Plus English Academy in Ilsan, Goyang City.
Ever since I graduated high school (May 2010), the words of American author Howard Thurman have been the guiding factor to my personal decisions. Thurman wrote "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Using Thurman's words, my life choice have never revolved around what will make me the most money or trying to find my place within society; instead, my path has focused on what I am most passionate about. For instance, throughout both high school and college, I was heavily involved with my school's Forensics (Speech and Debate) teams because it allowed me to become a better researcher and an advocate for issues I cared about. My decision to teach English in South Korea is based upon my interests to learn more about East Asia and travel the world. I hope to use my experiences as a stepping stone to joining the United States Foreign Service and becoming a diplomat.
This site is dedicated to exploring the various activities I have been involved with over the past few years and reflecting upon how these experiences have helped me develop my own life philosophies. Featured in this site are specifics about my education, work, and volunteer experience, the work I have done with my Political Science and Communication Studies majors, my involvement in the Forensics and Honors programs, as well as my time in Washington, DC and South Korea.