Jennica in New Mexico.

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
May 28 2012

New land, new people, new experiences…New Mexico.

I’ve always wanted to sit on a plane next to a talker… not just any talker but someone that I could carry on a genuine, enriching conversation with.  That’s never really my luck though—I get the sleeper, the non-English speaker, the crying baby, etc…until today.  I sat next to a woman was about 30 years old and a stay at home mom.  We spent the entire four-hour flight discussing Teach for America (it’s really difficult to explain!), traveling, family, and her marriage and kids.  There was neither awkward silence nor meaningless words to try and fill time.  It was the kind of conversation that leaves you excited for life and all that’s to come.  That was exactly what I needed.

Well, I’m in New Mexico now and hoping my flight here was an indicator of what’s to come.  On the 2-hour road trip from the airport in Albuquerque to Gallup there wasn’t too much conversation, just enough.  We were told to lay aside any tendencies to be reserved and instead embrace all the people we meet.

After peeking at the schedule for these next few days, I’m pretty excited—it is FULL.  I missed the optional 7:30-8:30 a.m. breakfast…of course.  Looking forward to meeting a lot of new people and learning what this teaching deal is all about.

5 Responses

  1. Aimee

    aww so glad things are off to an exciting start! No news on placements yet? Keep us posted (and beautiful pics, look forward to more from the great South West!)

  2. Robin

    Hey Jenna can’t wait to hear about more of your adventure. You are so lucky to get out and see the world and new things. Take it all in and share it with us.Just be safe. There are amazing things coming your way! Miss ya! We love you!
    Aunt Robin

  3. Connie

    Hi Jennica, Thanks for letting us all be a part of this adventure with you through this blog. I hope everything continues to go as smooth and be as rewarding as your trip out was. Looking forward to reading more. Take care and I’d like to second Tammy’s advice to “lock your doors.”
    Love you, Aunt Connie

  4. Kim

    Jenna, thanks so much for sharing. So glad your posting so we can enjoy your experience with you. Sounds like you are keeping the right frame of mind to embrace your new adventure. Stay Safe, We Love You, Aunt Kim

  5. Tammy Keefer

    Hi Jenna. So happy you made it safe.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you for an exciting and spiritual filled time. I
    pray you meet lots of neat people to remember in the years to come as your adventure in life is just beginning. I know God has big plans for you. Keep in touch. I am very proud of you. Be safe and make sure you lock your doors. Love you and miss you already.

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