One week from today, I’ll be in St. Louis for Induction. It’s so crazy! I moved out of my apartment in Los Angeles last week, saying goodbye to my best friend, my coworkers, and the city I’ve called home for 5 years. Now I’m spending some time with my family before heading out for everything this summer.
I got to visit St. Louis a few weeks ago for a hiring fair, which was really amazing. It was surreal to drive around the city with my host and realize that in the upcoming two years, I’ll come to be familiar with it. It was also my first time in a school in the area. I finally feel like I can picture myself in the city, and what my classroom might look like. What teaching will be like…well, that’s still pretty up in the air. It was also so exciting to meet some of my fellow STL CMs for the first time!
Sadly, no job offer for me out of that hiring fair, but at least a couple incoming CMs did get hired, so I’m glad for them! The interviews themselves were a good experience, and I know I’ll feel more confident going into my next one. I’m not letting myself get stressed about a placement yet – plenty of current or former corps members have instilled the mantra in me, “Don’t worry, you’ll get a job.” I’ll wait until, say, the beginning of August before really letting myself get concerned.
Until then, I’m trying to focus on Induction and Institute. I’m still finishing up all my pre-work, but it’s only making me more pumped up! I sat alone in my mom’s kitchen the other day, practicing out loud, “One two three, all eyes on me” and the like. Those things still sounds pretty outrageous coming out of my mouth, like I’m playing classroom with my stuffed animals. Hard to believe that in just a couple short weeks I’ll be teaching in Chicago!