“I wasn’t quite ready for a desk job when I was finishing up school. A bunch of my classmates were going into I-Banking and management consulting jobs, and I just wasn’t ready to sit behind a desk. I wanted to go out in the world, and I figured it was a good time to see what else was out there. I’ve been very fortunate over the course of my life, and I wanted to give back in some way. If you look at the opportunities that combine doing something on your own and a project that was yours, traveling, giving back, and not a desk job, Peace Corps actually comes up to the top of that list pretty quickly. And it certainly did all that!”

Explore more quotes:

About the author

This page was created by our editorial team. Each page is manually curated, researched, collected, and issued by our staff writers. Quotes contained on this page have been double checked for their citations, their accuracy and the impact it will have on our readers.

Kelly Peacock is an accomplished poet and social media expert based in Brooklyn, New York. Kelly has a Bachelor's degree in creative writing from Farieligh Dickinson University and has contributed to many literary and cultural publications. Kelly assists on a wide variety of quote inputting and social media functions for Quote Catalog. Visit her personal website here.

Kendra Syrdal is a writer, editor, partner, and senior publisher for The Thought & Expression Company. Over the last few years she has been personally responsible for writing, editing, and producing over 30+ million pageviews on Thought Catalog.