It’s saturday. In the language of the modern American worker, that means TGIF for TIP staff! It also means nap time and a much needed mental recess. You know that point in school when you work so hard and take in so much information (on little sleep) that you physically cannot absorb any more information? I do believe there comes a point when the brain says “enough,” as if it’s saturated for a while, and the only way to become productive again is to let it rest. Saturday afternoon and Sunday represent just that in TIP world. Of course there is some planning to do, but having an entire day to do it is glorious! Tomorrow’s my off day with running, too, so beginning tonight I turn my room into a cave that I only plan to come out of tomorrow for meals and church. Ohh, happy day!
For the first time at TIP, this week is when I really feel like I hit my stride. I taught a lesson Thursday on permutations and combinations, and everything fell into place. I knew how to answer all of the questions the students had; I was confident in my abilities and in the material; I was able to control the classroom and not feel bad about asking them to be quiet, and showing my disappointment when they weren’t; and I spoke with Lou, my boss, to check in on things – which went well!
Also, throughout this week as a whole, I’ve gotten to experience more with the staff. It’s as if I were joining clubs and the like at school! I’m a huge fan of experiential learning, and I think that is the key to why this week (and the ones to come) will just keep getting better. A lot happens in the classroom, but you can learn and experience just as much outside of the classroom. Further, the value of combining classroom experiences with those non classroom ones is immeasurable. Katie, Corinne, Carman and I drove a group of kids to the mall one night, and as tired as we were, we actually enjoyed ourselves. Just being off campus was nice, and it meant a lot that we could help take the kids out to something they were really excited for.
After celebrating one week of evening sessions (Thursday, June 14), Katie, Carman, Corinne and I dubbed Thursdays as froyo nights. Naturally, we went again this week, and the group grew! Matt, Mike, Brock and Alpana came, too. I’ll tell ya what though, it’s tough love here in Durham at the froyo shops. The first one we went to was LoYo (Local Yogurt). Not only are there zero sample cups, but they serve you everything! It’s an ice cream shop, just froyo instead. No deciding proportions for yourself. Where is the fun in that? Yep, none. So this week we tried Tutti Frutti. This time, we had to ask for sample cups, and we were limited to two. There is a Menchie’s here I think, but it’s pretty far so I doubt we’ll venture. Every opportunity is a chance to learn something, so I think the moral of this story is to take nothing for granted. Haha, Baton Rouge, I anxiously await your variety of froyo options. (Never though I’d say that!)
Continuing the extracurriculars this week, Corinne, Carman, Katie, Alpana and I went to the Durham Bulls baseball game Friday (minor league team). It clearly wasn’t Tiger Stadium…the chance of rain was 100%. And rain, it did.
As for news from home, there’s quite a bit to share! The U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials are underway, and we’ve got a lot of Lady Tigers competing! The full TV schedule for the trials is here, and the schedule particular to the Tigers is here. The LSU Women’s Cross Country team was honored for their academic success – with a big award! The award is “intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.” Top 10 perent is a pretty slim amount – GEAUX LSU. Full details are here. I am so blessed to be a part of this program, and I really look forward to where it will take me next year. It’s a completely different world than I expected, and balancing it with academics is even more unique than most realize. Major congrats to all of the student-athletes at LSU, including club/intramural, as they continue to score high in the classroom AND on the field.
More from the homefront – visitors in one week! Taylor will be flying in to Durham, and my parents are driving to be here around the Fourth. I’d convey my excitement in words, but then this post runs the risk of never ending. Thanks to everyone for the continued support, encouragement and letters! Got my first package last week from Anna – tea 🙂
There’s a dance tonight…theme: Pirates vs. Ninjas. I leave you hanging with which team I am on, but let me just say – THEY ARE NOT PREPARED for what my friends and I are bringing.
Do something for YOU today. And two things for someone else.