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Being a KID isn’t always easy, but it is always AWESOME!

For the past few years, I have been navigating through the world of the mind.  I changed my focus to psychology when I began failing my undergraduate physiology class.  Even though that transition was one of the hardest things I’ve had to go through (it has definitely been added to my list of traumatic experiences), I’m so glad I did it!  Since then, I have gotten my Bachelor’s in Psychology and now I am working on my Master’s in Global...

Happy Halloween!

In America (and a few other countries around the world), October 31st is a day to dress up in fun costumes, put on extraordinary makeup, and gather candies from neighbors.  In Ukraine however, October 31st is an ordinary day of getting dressed and going to school and/or work.  Thanks to Western influence (and awesome Peace Corps volunteers) Ukrainians have recently started to get into the Halloween spirit!  Even though Halloween in Ukraine does not involve Trick-or-Treating around the neighborhood, children...

… and the adventure begins again!

This first month of school has been a total rollercoaster of emotions!  Between first day jitters, stress from organizing too many clubs, and getting a handle on the emotions of teenagers (or at least trying to); it has taken me the whole month to get back into the groove of things.  During my free time (which wasn’t much), I enjoyed reading a few books that my school got from Darien Book Aid.  I already finished up Write Before Your Eyes...

Літо!

Now that summer has officially ended (the first day of Fall was last month), I am very excited to share my summer adventures with everyone! My summer began with a two-day celebration! The first event honored the teachers.  We got flowers from our students, awards from our school directors, and had a special lunch.  Since there were no more classes to teach, we were able to relax and enjoy our free time together.  We talked (without students being present), ate,...

School’s Out for Summer!

As of Friday (May 26) the 2016-2017 school year at the Opishnya Specialized School has finally come to an end! The end of the year was marked with multiple celebrations ranging from presentations and 4th form graduation, to the “Last Bell”. The festivities kicked off with a presentation/awards ceremony for students and teachers.  This day is known as the “Day of School”.  This day honors those who work in the Ukrainian school system and the students they help.  Below are...

Springtime for … Ukrainians (and the American)

Spring is Ukraine is truly the most wonderful time of the year (I may be a little biased): snow melts, green grass appears, and the birds and flowers finally make an appearance after hiding for months! I have been kept VERY busy this spring! Between teaching 18 classes a week, running 3 clubs, tutoring, and getting my 3rd cold (which turned into a sinus infection) since moving to Ukraine, I have had little time to relax.        ...

My First Christmas in Ukraine!

This year’s Christmas season began on the day I arrived in Opishnya, December 7th.  The seventh of December is an important day for Americans, myself, and Ukrainians, but for very different reasons.  It is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance day, my Swearing-In day, and Saint. Catherine’s day.  In Ukraine, St. Catherine’s day marks the start of the Christmas season.  Saint Catherine of Alexandria is a Christian Saint, who died in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius.  St....

Staging and Traveling and Arrival Retreat, Oh My!

A lot has happened this past week!  The first part of my week long adventure involved visiting Washington, DC.  On Sunday after noon, I left my family and friends in South Carolina and several hours later I arrived in DC to complete Staging (Peace Corps speak for orientation).  The Staging process was fun, exciting, and exhausting (little did I know that this would be the most normal sleep that I would experience during this week).  My fellow Peace Corps invitees...

Top 10 Resources

This week’s blog post is coming to you all a little later than expected.  As many of you know, Tropical Storm Hermine traveled up the Southeastern Coast yesterday.  Due to the bad weather and power flickers, I decided to delay updating my blog.  I woke up this morning to damaged tree limbs, but not much else (my neighbor on the other hand now has a fence to rebuild).  I hope everyone in the southeast are safe and doing well! This...