My life has been so drastically different for the last week, I hardly even know where to start.
I'm living in a dorm with 600 other girls and guys who are all committed to the same cause of equality in education for all children but maybe not of the same background or other values or lifestyle.
I've only gotten about four hours of sleep per night since arriving, which makes it feel like I've been here a month instead of a week.
I'm making lots of friends! Yay! But I also miss my husband so much that it hurts, really hurts, every time I have to hang up the phone.
Earplugs are my new best friend at night, living in this dorm.
I've learned so much about teaching that I seriously think my brain has overloaded a couple of times this week, leaving me unable to function for a good fifteen minutes at a time.
But at the same time, I've learned so much about teaching that I've felt empowered and excited and eager to have my own classroom.
I found out that Teach For America is suddenly super controversial in Minnesota, thus jeopardizing my being able to teach this fall. (If you're a praying person, please pray about this!)
College dining center food... oh how I miss cooking. Looking at all of my favorite food blogs right now makes me sad.
I will have a classroom full of 28 little 2nd graders on Monday. I can't believe it. There is still so so much to do before I'm ready for them. And it's Saturday night. But the funny thing (I'm realizing) about teaching compared to other jobs I've had is that all the work will get done because on Monday morning, it won't be just me and a computer screen. There will be 28 little faces counting on me to be ready to help get them ready for 2nd grade in the fall. That is the most effective motivator I've ever found.