The Final Countdown
by Lauren Ebersole '07
The last few months have been flying. The beginning of March was my close of service conference. Mostly three days being spoiled in a very nice hotel with good food and good friends. And also futsal and tennis.
I basically did not teach the entire month of March due to practice national exams for grade 12, mid-semester exams for grades 10 and 11, and final school exams for grade 12. I'm back to teaching now and happy to be so, although next week will be another break for national exams.
At the end of March my school, along with some other schools with volunteers, held a camp specifically for girls. The first ever Camp iGlow (Indonesian Girls Leading our World) was a success, with 67 girls from 5 different schools participating. We discussed inner and outer beauty, reproductive health, setting goals, educational opportunities in America. The girls played soccer, learned about photography, did a zip line, decorated journals, participated in leadership games, performed skits, and had a dance party. The preceding months before the camp were very stressful, but I couldn't have been more pleased with the results. The girls were energetic, articulate, thoughtful, and inspiring. I was so proud of not only my students, but also the other students I met those three days.
In my non-Peace Corps life I have been focused on grad school. I applied to four schools, University of Denver, Brandeis, American, and Johns Hopkins, all international relations programs in one shape or form. I was accepted to all four and recently made my decision to attend American University in the fall as a grad student in the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs program. I'm a bit nervous, but always excited to be heading back to school. Mostly I'm excited to buy new school supplies, maybe something in leather since I'm a grad student.
I'm trying to make the most of these last two months and really appreciate what a unique experience this has been.
I officially touch down on American soil June 1st. See you all soon.
Much love, Lauren