Midwest Love Affair

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jun 12 2012

oo2. Oklahoma…OK.

Hello, Everyone!

Once again, I couldn’t wait to sit down and type out this post. Now I’ve totally forgotten everything that I wanted to say. Wah. I need to start taking better notes.

Anyway, I’m in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for Institute. It’s only been one full day of Institute, and I already understand what EVERYONE was talking about. It’s crazy! I’m this weird kind of exhausted that incorporates elements of anxiousness, excitement, and hyper. Basically, my body is tired, but my mind is still going full-speed, just trying to take everything in.

One of the coolest things so far has been meeting the CM’s from the other regions: Miami, Charlotte, and Oklahoma Region. It’s so cool to be able to meet people from all over the country…people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The TFA core value that resonates with me the most has always been diversity. Coming from my very non-diverse upbringing, I’ve always enjoyed and cherished the unique experiences that diversity brings. I hope to create a classroom environment where diversity is celebrated and all students feel that they have something valuable to add to our classroom culture.  Each and every day since I’ve embarked on this TFA journey, I’ve been blown away by the experiences that I HAVEN’T had. Listening to all the “stories of self” that I’ve heard these past few days have made me realize just how wonderfully diverse we are all…and therefore how much we can learn from each other. What’s really, really cool is how, despite our very different experiences, we’re all had defining moments that have shaped us into leaders and advocates for social change.

My “defining” moment is probably less than defining…I still don’t feel very defined. As Buffy Summers so eloquently put it, “I’m cookie dough; I’m not done baking.” Tonight’s mc at opening ceremony talked about how his life has been forever changed because of his time with TFA. It’s weird to think that this really is the very beginning of a life changing experience…that I really will be a totally different person after these 2 years…or even these 5 weeks.

Also, TFA founder Wendy Kopp spoke to us during our opening ceremony tonight. So awesome! Never, ever did I think I would get the chance to hear her speak in person. So cool! I’m slowly, sloooooooowly adjusting to the fact that this is now my life. Amazing opportunities present themselves each and every day now. And I’m going to do everything in my power to take advantage of them all. Sometimes I feel like I’m still being too stand-offish or anti-social. But that’s a whole other blog post.

It’s after 10pm. Totally time for bed.



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