Introducing Melia Bents

Hello!

Assuming that you don’t know anything at all about me, I’ll start from the very beginning. I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 28, 1999 and after a couple moves to Colorado Springs and Ashland, my family found a sweet spot in Grants Pass, Oregon which is where we live now. I am the middle child between an older brother (who is almost a junior at University of Washington) and a younger sister (who is a sassy thirteen year-old). The pet situation at my house is kind of funny; we have llamas, alpacas, dogs, cats, and chickens, oh my! My family loves to travel and over the years, we’ve been to China, Costa Rica, Italy, Japan, Amsterdam, Mazatlan, and a few other super cool places. Traveling is awesome (minus the jet-lag) and I highly recommend getting out and seeing different parts of this beautiful planet.

In my free time, I enjoy painting, playing piano, hiking, and watching Food Network Channel (even though I’m no chef myself). There’s a wonderful river that runs right down the middle of my town, and I really enjoy finding peaceful, secluded spots and spending a sunny afternoon painting by the water. It’s great. My favorite color is the soft yellowy color that you see when you hold a lemon slice up to the sun and my favorite things to eat are blueberry pancakes and Pad Thai. I’m also a sucker for anything chocolate. In the future, I am going to be a first-grade teacher which means I am studying Elementary Education right now. If all goes to plan, I will move to Japan after I graduate and teach overseas for a couple years before returning back to Oregon to get my Masters and educate kids for the rest of my life! I also recently added an Art minor because hey, I love art and learning about art, so why not?

This summer I will be painting, doing homework for this class, reading classic books that I have neglected for several years, eating lots of watermelon, working full-time as a day-camp counselor at the YMCA, volunteering in elementary school classrooms, and hopefully floating in various bodies of water (rivers, pools, lakes, etc).

Excited for this class and excited to learn more about you all!

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Hi! My name is Melia and my passions include teaching, art, and adventure. In pursuit of my biggest dream, I moved to Japan in March, 2022 to teach English. I am currently teaching kindergarten, exploring new places, trying new foods, and learning new things! Check out my blog to read about my journey and experiences :-)

14 thoughts on “Introducing Melia Bents”

  1. I never thought this day would come, but I get to say “no way! I had alpacas too!” It’s a fun story: My dad was adopted and never connected with his birth parents until it was kinda too late in life. My biological grandfather was an alpaca farmer, and upon finding out he had a granddaughter he willed his alpacas to me. That’s the time I owned alpacas for a month.

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    1. Wow that’s an awesome story! Super cool that we can relate about alpacas; I’ve haven’t met anyone yet who owns them as well πŸ™‚

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  2. Hello Melia, very nice to meet you.

    I love to travel as well! I have never been to Japan but would love to visit it one day – that’s so awesome that you plan to teach there for a few years! I hear the cherry blossoms in the spring time are absolutely beautiful. Pad Thai is also a favorite food of mine!

    I think it is great that you have llamas and alpacas! How long have you had them for? Do they have names?

    What books are you planning to read this summer?

    -Asteria

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    1. My llamas and alpacas are very amusing but also quite unfriendly… We have two girl llamas named Gwen and Tina (from Napoleon Dynamite of course) and one boy llama named Ali. The alpacas are both girls (way cuter than the llamas, I must say) and their names are Ginger and Demi. We live out in the country and have some land, so about 6 years ago, a lady who no longer was able to take care of her llamas asked if we could take them and we did! And since then, we’ve gained a couple more furry creatures who needed more spacious homes. As for your question about the books I am planning to read, I just started reading “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte and I will also be reading “I know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, “Pigs in Heaven”, “Catcher in the Rye”, “Sense and Sensibility”, “Everybody Always”, and a couple others if I have time… Oh, and also the book for our summer class of course πŸ™‚

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      1. Oh my gosh I love that you named them Gwen and Tina! That is so great.

        I’ve heard of some of the books you mentioned, but I haven’t read any of them except for Catcher in the Rye. You will have to tell me which book is the best!

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  3. YUM. Pad Thai. Also though, Massaman Curry. The Thai food truck in Newberg is very delicious. When we lived in Germany Pad Thai was a food I missed a lot.

    For some reason I didn’t realize that you spent most of your life in GP! My husband grew up in Rogue River, all his extended family (aunts, uncles, grandparents) are all there still so we go visit from time to time. It is beautiful!

    Have you hiked Table Rock? It’s our favorite to do, the views are so beautiful.

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    1. Grants Pass really is a pretty place! Last summer, I hiked Table Rock with some good friends the weekend before we all left for college. We woke up super early to catch sunrise and it was INCREDIBLE. Hoping to do that again this summer.

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  4. Hi Melia!

    You have such a fun variety of animals at your home! I have always found alpacas to be cuter than llamas too! I had a lay over in Amsterdam when flying to Rome. It is so pretty! Out of all the places you have traveled, which one has been your favorite? Jet lag is crazy! I have never traveled internationally until this summer and I couldn’t sleep normally for 5 days haha. Can’t wait to get to know you better!

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    1. Japan was hands-down the coolest place I’ve been to, but Amsterdam and Italy are also some of my favorites! I agree; jet lag is WILD.

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  5. Hello Melia! How long have you been playing the piano? What kind of music do you play? I used to play the piano and took lessons for about seven years. Unfortunately, it took a back burner to other extra-curricular activities. I still love playing every now and then though!

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    1. I started playing piano when I was 5 and took consistent lessons until I was about 12 or 13. Then life got too busy with other extracurriculars (just like you) and I had to drop the lessons. Junior and senior year I started up piano lessons again, but had to quit because of the transition into college, of course. Now I just play for fun to relieve stress and have a good time πŸ™‚

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  6. Hi Melia! I’m Stephen. Your pet situation sounds similar to mine. I used to live on a farm, and we had llamas, chickens, cattle, sheep, and a few other things. We raised rainbow bass in a pond behind our house. Everyone was always shocked to see us fishing in our backyard pond.
    Good to meet you!

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    1. Wow a fellow llama friend! I don’t meet many people who share that similarity with me. A pond in your backyard sounds pretty awesome πŸ™‚

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