I don’t think I could have asked for a better first CTY experience. My kids were great, my coworkers were even better. It’s crazy how quickly you form bonds with the folks at CTY. Even though I am completely exhausted with our 9-3PM and 7-9PM schedule every day, I would not have taken back my CTY experience for the world. I don’t know how else to describe my experience besides saying that as well as 2014 has been treating me, these past 3 weeks have definitely become one of the biggest highlights of the year thus far. I miss my kids already. I miss seeing how they develop from super shy kids in the beginning of the session to outgoing, talkative chatterboxes in the end. There is this one boy in my class who confessed that he was too embarrassed to raise his hand in class because he felt that his English was not good enough. By the end of the session, he was actively participating and making jokes every day. I miss being emotional about how proud I was of my students’ accomplishments. I can think of several occasions where I was almost brought to tears as I watched them give an amazing presentation about their work, or make an incredible point in a discussion. I miss their randomness. There is this girl in my class who, in the middle of doing one of our assignments said to me, “I feel like being a sausage today. Elaine, do you want to be a sausage with us?” before she proceeded to roll around on the floor with one of her friends. How fucking precious is that. I miss my coworkers too. I think I have PCTYSD, Post-CTY Stress Disorder as one of my friends call it. I miss complaining about our kids with them. I miss gossiping about CTY drama with them. I miss going to the sea bay to enjoy a few beers with them. I miss going to McDonalds after a night out with them… Damn. I think I’m going to pay our sea bay in Kennedy Town a visit soon because I am having serious withdrawals.
I feel that CTY has been a turning point in my life. I’ve met so many people so passionate about all the different things they do. I’ve heard all about their amazing life experiences that make me yearn to have similar ones of my own. I’m starting to feel as if I’m figuring out what I want to do with my life. I know that I’m a Business Economics major who should probably pursue a finance/consulting/entreprenuerial path, but honestly, I’m really starting to discover my passion for teaching. Maybe that is the path that I am supposed to pursue.