It is Thursday night, and my Teach for America journey starts in only 5 short days.
Getting through the pre-institute work has been pretty painless, mostly because it was useful and I felt like it was all for good reason. The thing that is most daunting for me is the packing process. How exactly do you prepare for over a month of traveling? I will be embarking to Jacksonville on Tuesday, where I will stay a few days for Induction. Then it is off to Chicago for about a month. Not only is this a long amount of time, I have no idea what I will need, and my inner over-packer is running amuck. I guess it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.
Thankfully, through Facebook groups and weekly e-mails, I have gotten many tips to being prepared for Induction and Institute. Although one of those tips was “don’t pack too much!”, I doubt I will be able to adhere to that, and will be crying as I pay the grand charges on my baggage at the airport. I figure some of it will even out though, since one of the suggestions was to buy a lot of things AT Institute. I feel like if I already have bedding for a dorm style bed, I may as well bring it instead of purchasing those items once I’m there.
Also, the task of packing my whole apartment up has become an ordeal as well. Not only am I doing my best to remain organized and not stuff everything randomly into boxes and bags, but I am mourning the loss of my very first apartment. The blank walls and empty rooms are making it seem too real. Both of my roommates have already left, so I am packing up the last of my belongings. The sadness is also linked to the fact that I’m leaving Tallahassee in general. Over the four years I have been here, it has become my home. Home is no longer a distant place I visit on holidays, it is here. Even if I have plans to come back for various reasons, it is hard for me to leave the place I have become so accustomed to.
Hopefully, the rest of my time here will run smoothly as I try to become as prepared as possible for the journey I am about to embark on.
Here’s to Teach for America, and my new life awaiting in Jacksonville.