Howdy Pardners

Today,  I should be reading a 200 page dissertation on the Haitian revolution. Or writing a paper on the same subject. Or working on my thesis. Any of these options would be advisable. So whaat am I doing?

I’m starting my blog!!

Let me start here: On January 21st, I became a 2010 teach for america corps member.  I spent the whole day stressing about getting that email, checking my gmail account every hour at work (fueled by my boss who fed my addiction and let me use her computer). Finally, I headed home to change into my gym clothes and go blow off some steam on a treadmill. One last email check before I walked out the door couldn’t hurt, right? And of course, there it was. I never made it to the gym.

So, in a few short months I will be moving back to my home state of Texas, to the Rio Grande Valley. It will be sunny. It will be southern. There will be great mexican and Tejano music. I can’t wait. I was assigned to teach high school english. High school is something I’m incredibly excited and passionate about. Working with high schoolers is always the highlight of my day at work (more about that in a moment), and I really do believe they have an incredible amount to offer the world if you listen well enough. I know it will be a challenge to teach them, but I can’t wait to take that challenge on. Teaching english is something I’m more nervous about. Saying I’m a history major really understates my involvement– I’m a history obsessive. I’ve devoted so much of my time here at WashU to the study of history and the teaching of history.  I was sure I would be assigned to teach history if I got TFA. On the other hand, I’mmore excited than I thought I would be to teach english.  As a writing minor, I’ve definitely been engaging with great literature through college. Moreover, I’m a stickler for a well written essay. My friends come to me when they want their papers worked over by a crazed grammar nerd. So I think teaching english will be a new experience that will make me play to some strengths that I’ve forgotten over the past 4 years.

I’m hoping this blog will be an outlet for frustrations, nerves, and achievements alike over the next two years. I’m looking forward to sharing those two years with you, my non-existent readers! So, to begin:

About Me:

22 year old college student, soon to be teacher!

I work in museum education right now. I live for museums. I love museums.

I am at times annoyingly positive, with a crunchy sarcastic center.

I am super short. This worries me. Most of my students will be far taller.

I’m from El Paso, Texas. and Cincinnati. And St. Louis. and Trinidad. it’s complicated.

I’m writing a senior thesis. It’s taking over my life.

My boyfriend gave me a valentines card with a storm trooper on it. He’s a keeper.

More later, to be sure. For now:  Thesis. See you on the flip side.


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