For two weeks in January, I sat in a classroom every morning studying two courses towards my Master's degree. I finished my semester teaching the day before I flew off to Thailand. My studious self left me with a weekend filled with pre-reading before classes started. When you confined yourself in a room for long enough, work eventually gets done!
I spent a portion of my time in college debating in the classroom about Asian-American rights. With a minor in Asian-American studies, I particularly enjoyed learning about how to better the American education system in order to bridge learning gaps for minorities. Those days of passionate discussions and pages of research papers readings seemed useless when I entered my Cambodian classroom. The things I once stood by and fought for were nothing of interest to my students. When there is corruption, there is corruption, nothing will change, that's just how life is. So why try to fix anything when cheating the system is so much easier.
As I sat in my World Religions classroom with my classmates, I wished for the rich passion and desire for truth and justice to be experienced by my students. I want them to one day see the Truth in the world.
I would like to believe that the six credits of graduate school I currently have has made me slightly smarter. As a part-time student, I have five years to complete my degree. Knowing me, five years is just a little too much grace.
It has been great getting to take a Teaching Listening and Speaking class. Since I don't teach a listening and speaking class, I had to create six lessons for my fake class. It was pretty great getting to stop learning theory and actually apply it to a context I "understand".