Notes from the field: Molefi Senior Secondary School

Before I begin this post, I just want to apologize for any future rambling that may occur on this blog. Honestly, there are a million things I would like to share every single day with you and I simply can’t make them all separate blog posts. Because you’d kill me. So, you’re going to have…

Dust and Documents

**Warning—for all of you who snoozed through history class, you may want to just scan this post. I’m going to nerd out. I love crime shows. I could spend all day in bed watching everything from Dateline to British detective shows on Netflix. I also love social studies, particularly history. I think the link between my…

Lions, Tigers and Giraffes–Oh My!!

I woke up yesterday and saw a giraffe. In the wild. Like, not a fake one or a sad one at the zoo. I saw a real giraffe in the wild. This is cause for two blog posts in one night. Yesterday, Maya, Marie (my new friend who is also on a fellowship) and her…

I’m not on vacation

I’m not on vacation. I’m not on vacation. I’m not on vacation. I mean, if you count leaving your job and the daily grind as going on vacation—then I’m on vacation. But, I’m not really on vacation. In fact, I started “working” this week. I say “work” because it doesn’t really feel like work to…

I joined a running club (NOT A JOKE)

There are some things in life I just won’t joke about. Running is one of them. Viewing an inauguration party at the US Ambassador’s house is another.  So, I’m not kidding when I say I accomplished both this weekend. While I’ve only been in Botswana a little over a week, I feel like I’ve been here for…

I’m alive!

Per request of my sister (who demands I blog twice a week….HELP US ALL), I thought I’d inform everyone that I have indeed made it to my new home, Gaborone. It’s everything I imagined and more. While there are literally a million different things I could write about, I thought I’d make this easier on…

Is it really a send-off if a prison escape isn’t involved?

[Disclaimer: This is a ridiculously long and ridiculously detailed blog post about my last week in Minnesota. Yes, it really is as ridiculous as I’ve mentioned. Sorry, I’m not sorry.] Send-off week? Wasn’t that like, three weeks ago? Yes. And I’ve pretty much celebrated my departure everyday since. This week was my official last week and…

You’re going to Bosnia, right?

Ummmmm, no. Believe it or not, this is a question I get quite often. Bosnia-Herzegovina is a country in Europe and I’m going to Botswana, in southern Africa. You’re probably wondering how any American (we’re so gifted in geography) could confuse the two. Well, I did send someone to Bosnia (OK, it wasn’t really me…

A Full Head…and Heart

At the beginning of this month, I flew to Washington, DC for Fulbright Teacher Orientation Workshop. This had been something I looked forward to since receiving the selection email in April. After a weekend of fun with my good friend Dana (heyyyy girl), I spent the next four days inhaling everything Fulbright. Here are the highlights/observations/stats:…

What’s a Fulbright? Part II

Waiting. More waiting. It’s no secret that you’re going to be waiting a long time to hear anything about your Fulbright application. The Fulbright DAT website lists the process as: In my experience, the process was fairly accurate. I submitted my application on November 3 (ONE WHOLE DAY EARLY!! WOOT WOOT). By January, I assumed I…

What’s a Fulbright? Part I

After studying abroad in Barcelona and student teaching in Krakow, I knew I wanted to apply for a Fulbright the second I graduated from college. At that time, it was the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program and I wasn’t eligible. You needed a Master’s degree and years of full-time teaching experience. Rats. Fast forward five years, I received an email…

April 5, 2016

So there I was, sitting in my classroom listening to my TA drone on and on about baseball when I refreshed my email (for the one millionth time) and saw it: Fulbright Application: Selection Update. HOLY BUCKETS. IS THIS REAL LIFE? It took me five seconds to read “Congratulations” and I was running out of the…