After spending an hour trying to figure out what I wanted to call my blog and just find the appropriate header, I’m finally writing my first blog post! So first, a little background information:
I’m a 2012 incoming corps member heading to Mississippi this fall to teach Spanish (not that the name of the blog gave it away or anything). The title of my blog, El Mañana (that ñ is like the ni in onion) means the future, and I just fell in love with that word a couple years back. I’ll talk about why I chose it in a later post.
After countless hours working and re-working my application, sending it in and then finally interviewing, I was accepted last year to join the TFA 2012 corps. Now that I’m in the final stretch of college, the butterflies have been steadily building. I’m nervous and excited for couple of reasons:
- I have my Praxis I and Spanish Praxis II exams this week, which will inch me just a little closer to teaching in the Delta. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I’m going to have my own classroom of kids in the fall.
- I’m going to start working on my honors thesis for Spanish soon (I don’t know what possessed me to take on such a task last semester), but I’m excited to start researching.
- I’ve completed a month of student teaching and so far it’s going great! Every day I get more and more excited for the fact that I’ll have my own classroom soon.
My eagerness is hard to miss, and I really can’t wait to start teaching in the Delta. I’m anxious about moving to a totally new environment – and all the responsibilities that come with living completely on my own – but like every new chapter in life, it’s an opportunity for growth and learning. That’s what excites me more than anything, and if the squeal I let out when I found out I was accepted to TFA is any indication, induction, institute and day 1 of the 2012-2013 school year can’t come soon enough.
(Although I won’t mind the few weeks of summer vacation before institute that I can use to veg out before kicking it into high gear this fall.)