It matters less where you go and more the fact that you are going.
- co-worker: Maddie, can you figure out this problem?
- me: yep, here's the solution I figured out instantly.
- co-worker: I don't believe you. I'm going to ask corporate.
- corporate worker: Here's the exact same solution that Maddie gave you.
- co-worker: Oh good catch!
- *corporate worker gets all the credit*
reflections and preparations
It’s been about a week since I got my placement information, and I wanted to let it all sink in before I posted reflections.
Immediate reactions: I have almost 0 experience working with adults with intellectual disabilities, and when I first learned my assignment, my mind went “oh! cool! wait, what?”
The organization I’ll be working for is El Arca. Started by radical French Catholic priests in the 1960s, it’s become an international not-for-profit that provides home and growth for those with developmental disabilities.
This is going to be a beautiful challenge. I’m very grateful for this opportunity, partly because it’s unlike anything I’ve done in the past. This kind of experience will also be so important and helpful farther in the future, especially if seminary is the path I’ll take.
This is going to be a leap from my comfort zone. Not only will this be a new type of service, but a completely new place. Familiarity will be thrown out the window! And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t the tiniest bit scared. The combination of new work and a language I only know partially is kind of daunting. But the fact that I know this beforehand is one more thing I can prepare myself for (or at least know that it will be difficult at first).
Practicar, practicar, practicar. Well, I wish I could say that’s all I’ve been doing all summer. My Spanish is no where near the point I’d like, but everyone keeps telling me I’ll be so comfortable in a month’s time. We’ll see about that :) Until now, it’s Argentine movies, Duolingo and Harry Potter y el prisoniero de Azkaban (with a lot of Game of Thrones mixed in).
As an assistant for professors/faculty teaching MOOCs (massive, open, online classes) I will never understand why people with bad internet connections sign up for online classes.
"My internet has a really bad connection and I cannot finish assignments by deadline, is that okay??"
why did you sign up for an online class if your internet sucks?!?
So stoked about the Hobby Lobby ruling today. Officially going to incorporate myself so I can get a religious exemption for my student loans debt they violate my deeply held religious conviction that all debts are supposed to be forgiven every seven years, as per the book of Deuteronomy.
Is waking up at 2am WIDE AWAKE and knowing you’re definitely not falling back asleep.
So many hours until breakfast :(
Hey—anyone interested in my YAGM activities, you can follow that blog maddie-yagm.tumblr.com.
Right now there’s pretty much nothing because I don’t know any details yet, but just to keep on your radar!
lots of big things ahead
My life is changing rather drastically in the upcoming months, so get ready for a poorly managed blog posts about graduation, moving to South America and God things.