Friday, June 09, 2006

Teaching Languages

I know that it has been a while since I wrote last. Please forgive me for that, but time has flown by so quickly with so many things happening. I left Merida two weeks ago in order to take classes in the States which will help me to teach foreign languages more effectively. Honestly, I was really nervous about returning to school because I have never really learned how to study. I have always been able to make A's and B's without having to put too much time into it. However, I wanted this to be different. I wanted to be sure to truly learn the information that was presented before me so that I can put it into practice in my classroom and in the school.

In my first two weeks of classes I have learned how much I enjoy studying because I am learning something that is very important and applicable in my life. Outside of schoolwork, I don't have much free time, but it is always spent well and with people that I love. Last weekend I went fishing with my dad at a friend's lake. We each caught a fish, but both were so small that we had to throw them back. I wish that I had had a camera with me because I touched my first fish! I held it by the mouth (of course I was sqealing at the same time) so that I could try to pull out the hook. The moment was definitely life changing for me! My dad says that he will get me my own rod and reel now!

Personally, spiritually, and physically I needed this time in the States this summer. Before I left Merida my skin had become quite irritated. There were times when I would be itching so bad that I couldn't sleep or concentrate on anything else except the itch. After this ocurring for about a month a doctor has told me my problem, hives. They don't know what causes it because it varies from person to person. Through trial and error I have to find out what types of food, objects, or climates cause me to have a breakout. Then, try to avoid those things until all of this has passed. I rarely get sick, I don't have allergies, and never have a reason to see a doctor, which is caused me to become quite cocky with my health thinking that I was indestructable. This was definitely a wake up call for me. It reminds me of how thankful I should be for my health. Even what I have now could be much worse.

On the last day of class my prepa students threw me a surprise party. Here are some pics of an event that I will always remember.