Thursday, April 15, 2010

Graduation Approaches

After 17+ years of being a student, it's almost over! My final papers are due, my student teaching portfolio is due, and my cap and gown have been purchased. With most of my fears of failure now past, I can really feel confident that I actually get to leave in June for Mongolia. There has been a tiny voice telling me not to get overly excited until the diploma touches my fingers, but in just two weeks, it'll do just that.
Following graduation, I'll have just one month to visit family and get in all the American sights and culture possible. Then, I'm off to the Land of Ghengis (Chinggis) Khan, freezing temperatures and beautiful sunshine and blue skies. I've done my shopping, told my apartment manager and given notice at work. All that's left is to enjoy my final month and pack my bags!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Clearing Out

Greetings and salutations to you, my reader. It is a pleasure to meet you. Or rather I hope it's a pleasure for you to meet me. I'm Lauren, and at this moment this is a very sad and empty blog. But, soon enough it should be full of my hopes, dreams, aspirations, and desires. I should, very soon, actually have some things of interest to relate. For now, I'm afraid my life is as boring as it is filled with menial uninteresting tasks. I go to school and I work.

My routine and dull existence was shaken up a couple months ago when I received my invitation to serve in the Peace Corps. I've started this blog as an outlet during my preparation for the trip and during my time there. I'll be serving in Mongolia for two years as an English teacher. I graduate in May and leave in June. I'm young and inexperienced, but I still hope I have something to contribute and some help to offer.

Before I can leave, I have to clean and empty my apartment. I am not an incredibly neat person. I understand that organization is key in the world, but somehow that understanding has never made its way into my personal living space. So I have a large job ahead of me for Spring cleaning. So far, I have a large bag of papers saved up from years of school work ready for the recycling center and a box of random books, clothes, movies, tools and electronics ready for the Goodwill, but there's no end in sight. I also have a large pile of things which I cannot bring myself to donate/throw away but which I also cannot choose to take with me. What should I do with this pile...