Friday, January 11, 2013

Collecting & Gifts

I'm currently in what you might call the "collecting" phase.

I've been fingerprinted, had my diploma notarized and affixed with an apostille, and been to the bank to get a money order to pay for the FBI criminal record check.  Additionally, I've gathered together some of the forms I need and filled them out, including my first run-through of the EPIK application.  I even wrote a draft essay for the prompt, so I'm kind of hoping it doesn't change for the Fall 2013 application - I have such a hard time writing about myself in a way that doesn't sound cheesy.

On top of that, I've also made contact with teachers at two different locations where I can observe/assist in ESL classrooms.  I have opportunities in both elementary and secondary classrooms, which means my TEFL practicum will provide me with a broad range of experiences.  I'm very excited to observe the secondary ESL classroom because the students will be learning ESL biology next semester and I'm a biology major!  IT fits in perfectly with my current student teaching schedule as well.  What great fortune!

This post also needs to send some love to my friends.  They are really awesome.  One of my high school friends got me a make-up palette for Christmas.  She said that I'll need to have something for when I go explore the capital of South Korea.  On the inside it has a Korean proverb which reads, "Butterflies come to pretty flowers."

One of my best friends from college also made me the following painting for Christmas.  I just received it tonight at our gift exchange.  I thought I was going to receive a canvas with a zebra pattern, but he surprised me with this instead!  It's not too big and quite light so I could definitely take this little piece of home with me in my suitcase when I travel.  I really want to go!

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