1. Girl Time: I’m actually looking forward to being reunited with my cohort. Before coming to college, I had never really enjoyed spending time with girls (especially in large groups). This may sound terrible, but I didn’t feel the need to hang out with them and didn’t feel as though their friendship was that important to me. I was often annoyed with the cattiness and drama. I found most girls to be obnoxious and ultimately not very real. By the way, I am not referring to all girls or anyone in particular. This is just why I never branched out of my very small, core group of girl friends in high school. However, once I was admitted into the professional program and entered into our cohort, I realized that I would need these girls to get through the next two years. We were all going through the exact same program and were going to be seeing each other every day. I came to find out a lot about these girls through our classes. We did a lot of exercises and had many conversations that allowed us to get to know one another on a deeper level. We would talk about our upbringing, family, opinions, faith, struggles, triumphs, fears, and what we wanted our goals to be for a life and career in the future. On top of all of this, a vast majority of the girls are hilarious and really fun to be around. Last year was our first year with each other and I found myself truly missing that “girl time” over the summer. The majority of us will only see each other one to two times a week this upcoming semester, but I am looking forward to it.
2. Erica: I’m looking forward to spending time with her again! Erica, I don’t know if you will remember this but, we had one summer class together (last summer). I think we may have talked once or twice in class. Then, we actually sat beside each other in the meeting where we gave our preferences for which district we wanted to be placed in for internship I and II (this wasn’t on purpose, as we really didn’t know each other at the time). Without knowing where the other was choosing, we both chose Lexington One as our first choice of district. Then our first semester of the professional program came along and we ended up sitting together in every class and she was the one that I grew closest to in our cohort. We are very similar and get along really well. When the meeting came around at the end of the semester where we would find out our placements, I learned that we were going to be in the same district at a new school that had just opened. Out of all of the girls in my cohort, Erica was the one other girl who would be at the same school as me. I can’t help but see it as “a God thing” because we get along so well and if I could have chosen the district, school, and one other person to be with, I wouldn’t have chosen any differently than how it turned out. I am so grateful and blessed to have been placed with the district and school I am with, and that I get to see Erica everyday at school! Erica, if you read this, I hope it wasn’t too sappy for you. ;)
3. Dressing Cute: My fellow student teachers, don’t lie. Most of us are looking forward to dressing up to go to the school every day! At least I hope I’m not alone when I say I already have outfits in mind and have been shopping for “teacher clothes” and “teacher shoes” over the summer. I can’t wait to wear my maxi skirts and colored pants! I am way too excited for this. It is ridiculous, I know. I’m thinking about posting an outfit of the week (OOTW) or just an outfit of the day (OOTD) whenever I like what I have put together.
4. Lunch: I must be a child at heart because I love my lunch box and packing a lunch for school. Also, I think lunch was one of my favorite times to spend with the kids during Internship I. I loved sitting with the kids. They opened up more during this time and I was able to learn more about them and see how they interacted with the other students and siblings they might see at lunch.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves 'who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. "
~ Marianne Williamson