The Learning Curve

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
May 25 2011

…And I thought I was busy before.

I am down to my last week in the great old state of Texas. It’s a lot of things, most especially bittersweet. I am excited about new opportunities, and a new city and state, but it ‘s hard to leave behind a place that’s been such a formidable backdrop to all of your major life moments. I don’t know how I feel about that, really.

The lucky part of it all is that I’ll be right next door! In one of the greatest cities in the world. I’m so excited to see what NOLA holds for me.

As the title suggests, my previous entry emphasized my need to find a balance before all things teaching began to eat my life, and I’m not quite so sure that’s been achieved. I leave here at the end of the week and I still have to pack up my apartment, take my Praxis II test on Thursday (this just in: I suck at science)*, go to a wedding on Saturday and drive out of town with a uHaul and put my stuff in storage.

On top of all that, I got a call this afternoon from TFA in New Orleans that I had an interview ready to be scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday. It’s exciting but it makes me so nervous! I didn’t really think I’d have to be dealing with this before induction, let alone the week during which my life seems most hectic. But leave it up to the universe, right?!I called back and confirmed an interview for tomorrow afternoon over Skype. I’m glad it’s over the internet and just for 30 minutes because that means that 1) I have less time to make a buffoon of myself and 2) I don’t have to scramble to prepare a sample teach in less than 24 hours! It’s the little things, I s’pose.

So all of my crazy studying for today has been segmented this afternoon by interview prep. I have a nervous problem with talking too much when I get excited, so I have to practice some of my responses ahead of time so I don’t get off on an unnecessary tangent. I think I can generally articulate myself well in interviews, and tend to be very gregarious overall anyhow, but I still want to make sure to stick with the necessary rather than too much detail.

At this point, while I am super excited, I am ready to be out of this “stage” that I am in right now. I don’t want to be packing. I don’t want to be taking practice tests or vacuuming my floors or making key copies. I want to be focused 100% on the training at Institute and ready to start the school year. The benefit of having an interview so crazy soon is that if I get it, I’ll be very calm throughout Institute, knowing I have at least part of my immediate future mapped out.

Now, just to pass the Praxis II and find a suitable roommate and a place to live with a reasonable pet deposit…

Wish me luck!

*I took my Praxis II, for which I needed a 150 (on a 200 scale) to ‘pass’ and got a 181, which is the ‘excellence’ rating. I still have no idea how that happened, but I’ll take the title until someone inevitably realizes their mistake! :)

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