You never know until you try!!
The drive down here was about 12 hours and it was wonderful... only because I had the best company a girl could have had. My dad and my younger sister rode with me!! We left Clayton, NC (my hometown) around 8:30am last Saturday morning and arrived in Memphis, TN around 9:00pm. We stayed there at the airport at the Radisson for the night, which was quite interesting. This hotel actually had a basement floor and guess who lucked up and had to stay down there for the night?!? US!! It was crucial!! It wasn't all fancy and fixed up like the other, "regular floors". We opened the door to the room, which was a normal hotel room, locked it, and didn't go anywhere else for the night! Talk about being scared of even going outside! It was too funny!! We called my mom (who was at home in Clayton and had made the reservations) and she was crackin' up!! Good times... :)
The next morning we woke up and drove another hour and about 20 minutes to Oxford, Mississippi. We had arrived in time for me to check-in, move my luggage into my room, grab something to eat, and head back to Memphis for my dad and sister to catch their flight home. I am living on campus at Ole Miss in Stewart Hall. The campus is beautiful and I'm finding my way around quite well. Okay, so we got something to eat at Subway and hopped back in the car and headed for the airport. The time had come for me to say goodbye to my family and begin my summer all alone in Mississippi. It was hard saying goodbye because I wish they could stay there with me for at least a while longer. I got my hugs and kisses and I was on my way back to Oxford. I called my mom and told her that my dad and sister were on the plane and that I would call later to make sure they made it home.
Okay, so my family made it home safely, I finally unpacked and rode around Oxford for a while. My director, Ben Guest was in the lobby of the guy's dorm (Brown) at 5pm, so I went over to meet him. It was great to finally be able to put a face with a name. We had been in contact via email and telephone for a couple of months, so I had been looking forward to actually meeting him. Some of the first year teachers of the program had arrived that day (Sunday) also, so we went out to eat at Applebee's. It was nice to hear the stories of where they came from and how they came about the Teacher Corps program. Later that night I met my roommate, Keila, who is my soror from Howard. How wonderful!!
Monday morning I met with Ben to talk about the internship, how things will go, and to get my office key. Yep! I have an office!! :) Orientation began on Tuesday and I sat in on everything. I learned a lot about the program itself and history of Mississippi. Most of the teachers will be teaching in the Delta, so it was great to hear about how it is there and hopefully I'll be able to visit some of the school placements this summer.
All in all, I'm absolutely loving this program. It blows my mind how much of a difference one teacher can make in the lives of even only a few students. As Ben says... This program works to change the lives of children, even if it means doing it one by one. I'm very happy that I applied for this internship (Thank you Whitney Webb for talking to me at Carolina's Career Fair! Wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you!). This is definitely a summer that I will never forget!
I miss home, my family, linesisters, and friends SO much. Thank God for the internet! :) I'm able to keep in touch with everyone!
I'm taking the Praxis II in Biology next weekend. Pray for me! If I pass it now, I won't have to worry about it when I apply to the program in the fall. If I am able to actually do this program next year, I would like to teach biology and in order to do that, I have to pass that exam before I'd start teaching.
From student teaching to working in my office, I'm getting all kinds of experience. Let's see what week 2 has in store!!