Brittany here. In 12 days I’ll be starting leg one of my 3 day journey to Mauritius. It seems like just a few days ago I got home to California, but in less than two weeks I’ll be up in the air again. So many thoughts are going through my head. Do I have everything I need? What am I going to do on a 16 hour flight? What will I do for a 12 hour layover? Did I get all the art supplies the students will need? Will they like the stories I chose? Will they like the curriculum I planned? Will they like me? But despite all these thoughts running through my head I remember an article I read earlier in the week entitled “15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy.” Now I don’t necessarily agree with the article in its entirety, but I can appreciate the overall message. Basically the article says not to sweat the small things in life, the things that are out of your control. So in the spirit of the article I guess I need to just take a step back and remember what an amazing opportunity ELI Africa has been and continues to be.
I have perused Google Images and past ELI blog posts and get excited every time I see what awaits me in Mauritius. I’m can’t wait to meet up with the other Summer Fellows and see where we will be living for the summer and the education center we will be teaching at. I can’t wait to meet the children and see how they respond to my English-Art hybrid class. Basically I just can’t wait to experience the next two months. But before then I will cherish the time I have at home with family and friends as I continue to reassess my curriculum, check off the items on my “Before I Leave…” checklist, and try to learn some French. So until the next post, this is Brittany, signing out.