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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
May 01 2013

Allow me to (re)introduce myself

Hello All,

This is my first blog…like ever and as you can tell, I’m super excited about it.  I plan to use this to laud, vent, and well utterly ramble as the page title states.

Sadly, as training has not started yet, I have no real insight to share with you about TFA just yet but here are my thoughts thus far.

I was accepted with the 1st/2nd deadline notification back in November. Wow, just writing that makes it seem like it was so long ago, yet it was really just 6 months.  The application process was intense! I had to do each of the steps, the application, a phone interview, and then the final interview.  The anxiety of having to wait for an email telling you whether or not you’ve advanced on to the next round is what got me through.  It was nerve racking yes, but nothing can the describe that overjoyed feeling you get when that email comes through with the “Congratulations…” title line.   The admission notification deadline for my DL was Nov 1 and every 30 mins that day I would refresh the status page on the TFA application.  When it finally flipped to the Congratulations, I lost my ever loving mind! I was shaking I was so happy. I was in a state of utter disbelief, honestly.  I had hoped I got in but a part of me was sure I wouldn’t because there was just so many awesome people that applied with me especially those that I interviewed with.  I was just honored to have made it to the final interview but to have got in?? Oh, you couldn’t tell me nothing that day! I took a victory lap around my office my 4 inch heeled boots before running outside to call my momma…and…cry.  Oh, I cried hard too as if someone had kicked my puppy and then ran off with it but they were happy tears of course.

I could not wait to get started but wait was indeed what I did.  There were action items to be completed within that first month but then there was a lull of having nothing to turn in, nothing to do.  Our Onboarding staff is great. They may sometimes take a bit to get back to you when you email them but  they get back to you with helpful information.  The FB group for our Corp has allowed to me meet and greet and make a lot of new friends, some of which I’m becoming really close to. I actually can’t wait to meet them all.  I’m a people watcher by nature so I cannot wait to see how we all interact with so many different personalities.

As I mentioned before, there was a lull in the action items, and then all of a sudden, it was nonstop “Action Required,” Emails.  This does not bother me because I will be the first to admit, I am a skilled procrastinator and I do my best work under pressure.  With Institute a month  and a half away, the pressure has set in.  The pressure to study, to interview (first one is this Thursday), to pass my certification test, to prove that TFA made the right decision admitting me is on and high.

I welcome the challenge!

3 Responses

  1. Dynamite_Wisconsinite

    Don’t forget about us when you win a nobel prize in medicine!

  2. FlexinTexan

    Thank you so much! I am so excited and I look forward to sharing!

  3. Monica Brown

    Congratulatioms!! Best wishes and luck on your new endeavor. I will look forward to reading more about your new adventures!

    Monica Brown
    Waldorf, MD

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