It’s 2:30 pm and all I can think about is the fact that tomorrow at this time I will be boarding the plane to go to Chile! Reality is starting to set in and it’s a shock to me that I am even going. I can still remember last summer when I saw the other traveler’s blogs and wished it were me. Instead, I had to watch from a distance and live vicariously through them. After realizing how much it bothered me that I wasn’t having this experience, I decided then that I had to go the next year! I had considered studying abroad before, but I never thought it would actually be possible. And now look, this time around I am not just reading someone else’s blog, I won’t be looking at someone else’s pictures, and I don’t have to wish it were me; it is me!
Hello all, or should I say “¡hola!”? My name is Crystal and I’ve recently graduated SUNY Buffalo State with a degree in Elementary Education (grades 1-6) and Social Studies Education (grades 7-9). I will soon begin my studies for Literacy Specialist Certification, but not before I embark on this wonderful journey to Santiago, Chile. For me, this trip beings the opportunity for me to immerse myself in another culture, experience language learning, and adopt new teaching styles; all of which will contribute to making me a teacher who is culturally responsive and able to cater to the diverse needs of students. I anticipate that this trip wil be filled with excitement, challenges, and new understandings! So please, join me for the ride!