Hopefully you’re busy enjoying your time at Senior Week 2013! What an itinerary! A day at Jay Peak with permissions to wade in the water park, enjoy the great outdoors or go ice skating, the annual Taste of Burlington event featuring delicacies from BTV’s own Skinny Pancake and American Flatbread,…
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The video gives you the gist of what the week meant to these international high school students, but it affected nearly everyone on campus during finals week. The energy that these students expelled had everyone intrigued. Let’s take it back a step:
Finals week came and went like an afternoon rain shower in April - I acknowledged its existence but was not troubled by it, knowing it would pass by and May’s flowers would soon be in bloom. In fact, I only had to attend two out of my five final exam periods scheduled between last Tuesday and Friday. My Nutrition exam was Tuesday evening and was a true fill-in-the-bubble exam, and Wednesday afternoon I had to give my final 5-minute long TEDx Talk presentation on my Literature Review for my Globalization, Technology & Development core class.
The rest of the week I spent relieving stress in the gym and working. Wednesday night I instructed my last R.I.P.P.E.D. group fitness class of the semester at St. Michael’s College. The girls in my class all signed a ‘thank you’ card for me, nearly making me cry as I thought back to the anxiety I had before the first class I taught by myself this January. I’ve come so far this semester, gaining more self-confidence, a new skill-set, and a greater commitment to nutrition and fitness. I feel like in just that aspect of my life I have accomplished so much in a short period of time.
By Friday night I was exhausted, but I knew I had promised my professor Rob Williams that I would visit his YouthTech Camp at some point during the week. I hadn’t made it yet, so I asked over Twitter (only appropriate for a social media conference) if I could attend the last evening’s celebration dinner. He responded of course, Yalla!
Upon my arrival, I immediately felt welcomed by the 26 international high school students, but didn’t know where I should sit. Rob guided me to the Indonesians’ table, the ‘party table’ as I would find it to be. After a week of intense workshops with Professor Rob and the entire PH International staff about using social media for social change, I don’t know how they had so much energy left.
These high school students were a great inspiration to me for their passion and ability to adapt to a new environment. What an opportunity they had, and they never for a second took it for granted. They were the most grateful and animated bunch of students I had ever seen, and it reminded me of how much I want to get involved in international higher education at some point in my life.
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