As the time draws nearer to the time where we will be in India, I grow in my excitement and anticipation of this experience. I am excited to be immersed in a new culture, and am preparing to learn a few phrases in a new language. It is extremely exciting to me that I will get to spend six weeks in India. I have traveled abroad before, but only for a few weeks. Being able to spend an extended time, even if only six weeks, in India I believe that I will be able to really experience the cultural aspects of India. It is important to me that I am able to immerse myself in this new culture.
I am more excited to experience a new school system and interact with the students and teachers at DPS-East. I believe that there is so much I can learn from being in the classroom, that I can take back and implement into my student teaching and future classroom. As an educator I believe that it is important to experience different cultures and school environments, so that you can learn about how you believe education should be presented for your students or the educational environment you want to teach in. As an early childhood education major, there are so many things we learn about in our classroom that are not seen in the American classroom. I am excited to see if they are utilized in the classrooms in India. I am excited to see the students on their first days of school in preschool and in their kindergarten years. Something that is extremely important to me is being able to see students experience their first days of school and seeing how different students interact with their first days. I am super excited to be in the schools in India and can not wait to interact with students and teachers.
In the preparations for my trip, it is all becoming real. It is real that I am going to India in four days, and it is real that I will need to have everything packed in the next four days. As a person in general, I am a procrastinator and this is no different. I was so excited when I first received the notice that I was going to India, that I was ready to begin my packing list and begin shopping for my trip. I had an idea of what my personal style for India would be, but as the trip draws nearer, I am excited to purchase clothes there. I am ready to be immersed in every aspect of culture from food to clothing. This will be an experience I will always cherish for the rest of my life. It is extremely important to me that I keep an open mind while in India, and I believe that there is so much to learn from this cultural experience. As I procrastinate in my packing, I grow excited that in just a few days I will be in a new country that I have never been to before.