Being out there = sharing your thoughts and passions in your heart and head through words or actions
Today, I started volunteering in Austin, TX with an organization called iACT that helps refugees with their English literacy and social skills so that they may successfully pass their citizenship test and be embraced into the American way of living. I. Love. It. It’s definitely something different for me as education major that has worked with grade school students and international college aged friends. Its different because you there are a lot of misconceptions and bridges that you have to cross since there’s a language and cultural barrier. Their desire to be better encourages me.
I don’t know why I decided to optionally take an honors class on South East Asian studies my last semester of classes when the class has nothing to do with my major and its the HARDEST class I’ve ever had. Its hard for me because I don’t have the international background of information and because it requires me to be out there in a discussion class— to be vulnerable.
So, being out there means learning from others and bridging gaps? Yes, that seems right. Lets be positive.
I feel like I’m going to hate my student teaching next semester because I’ll be trapped in a public school when all I want is to work in education on an international level. In the first years of my undergrad I wanted to get a Masters because…. well, it just seemed like the right thing to do— further your education to learn more and be more adaptable to your surroundings in the real world. Then within the last year I’ve come to realize that I don’t want to continue school after undergrad— that graduating in education in itself is enough. Now? Now, I’m thinking maters in international education. Can I do that while teaching at an international level?