With the stress of the semester being at its pique the last couple of weeks, I haven’t had much time to think about, or feel much of anything. Then, suddenly it was time to begin blogging. But I hesitated because I had nothing to write. I wasn’t nervous (I’m still not), I wasn’t anxious, I hadn’t started packing three months in advance, I hadn’t been counting down the days (yet), and no, I didn’t have a million questions running through my mind. Oh, and it definitely doesn’t help that I’m not naturally expressive to begin with. So, yeah, what was I going to write about on this blog?
See the thing about me is, whereas some people may be afraid of being in a new surrounding, adapting to a different culture, or struggling with a language barrier; those things are exciting to me. In fact, it’s what makes the trip; it wouldn’t be a rich experience without those things. My challenge, however, will be this; this blog! Letting people know what I’m feeling, giving people a look into my mind. So, bear with me on this journey as I step out of my comfort zone to let in you in on this experience.
There is one thing that I can say though; I’m ready! I ready to be challenged, I’m ready to learn, and I’m ready for a new experience
I imagine that I’ll meet my host family and become such an integral part of the family, that they’ll have a hard time letting me go. I can see the children in the classrooms failing in love with me and me being a big presence in the room. I imagine many interesting conversations with new friends from ECELA (the language school where we will learn Spanish), and Universidad Mayor (our partner University in Chile); most of which may consist of my failed attempts to speak Spanish fluently, but oh well! And lastly, I imagine that by the end of the three weeks, Santiago will feel like home.
So, Santiago, Chile watch out because I’m ready to take you on by storm!
(Now, let’s just hope I’m right about all of this!)
Stay tuned to find out!
p.s. only 4 more days!!!!
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!