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2/11/10 7:36 A

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Yeah, History is cool. My husband and mother-in-law are real into the history thing as a hobby. Anthropology is extremely interesting, as well. I'm sure that as you make your way through your courses at school, you'll figure out in what area to specialize.

I like language. I like learning about how the mind acquires and learns a language and a first language versus a second one, etc. I have an undergraduate degree in French Language and Literature, plus I always found other cultures to be interesting so it kind of made sense. Yes, there is a certain empathy involved in teaching ESL. I understand what it's like. I studied in Paris and it was nervewracking.

Do you have any plans this weekend? I find it hard to do anything fun lately. Hope you both are keeping up with your school work okay. That's half the battle.

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2/10/10 6:55 P

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That's nice that there is a local need for TESOL. I think it's very important because it requires a certain sensitivity to teach ESL.

Yeah, it's amazing how tough it can be to work out! It sounds as though you have a nice schedule for yourself, workout wise.

Lol, I'm not quite sure. I'm still trying to narrow down my Master's. I either want to be some sort of museum conservator or work at deciphering ancient scripts or such. I'm still so undecided. But it's only my first semester and my adviser says I'm still on track so I'm not too worried. I'm using this time right now to research and look into different things.

I adore history...I absolutely love Ancient Near Eastern. What do you hope to do after you graduate with a history degree? Are you going to teach?

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2/9/10 1:42 P

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Yo there and cool plan to work with--anthropology is so cool, and if i wasn't obsessed with american history, i probably would've hit that instead. very awesome!

have fun and all the best to ya!

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CULTURECHIC's Photo CULTURECHIC Posts: 953
2/9/10 7:04 A

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Yes, I hear you about the lesson planning. I'm not looking forward to that. There was a part of me that really wanted to go abroad (naturally) but I have a husband and a 5-year-old so it's not realistic. I will probably stay locally. There is a need.

It's a tremendous challenge to work out, watch what I eat, do all of my projects and homework. That's why I said only 3x a week and sometimes that includes, whether it be cold or not, a 50-minute walk around the neighbhorhood.

Do you know what you want to do long-term career wise?

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2/8/10 5:02 P

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Haha, well I have taught and tutored ESL and prefer one on one or one on three (at the most) interaction. I can teach but just don't like it. I admire you for pursuing it though. . .I hate hate hate lesson planning and am glad I'm not even tutoring ESL right now!

Yeah, Linguistics is challenging especially when you get into syntax and such. I was so worried about it but realized that I like it and somehow had a knack for those trees. It was a nice surprise.

So where do you plan to teach? I have one friend who went to Prague and another to Cambodia to do TESOL. They seem to really enjoy it, though I think they mainly wanted to travel, lol. Is there a particular age group you prefer?

Yeah, it's getting harder to workout when I'm standing and moving around for hours in the museum and then walking to and from the main campus. I think it's smart to stay focused on what you eat. I'm really trying to watch it, as it's getting harder to add exercise into a day.


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2/7/10 11:28 A

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What made you change your mind about TESOL? Naturally, everyone's choices are different. Just curious. What are you going for now? You're still going to be teaching?

I found applied linguistics to be very challenging. Good for you for being able to get an undergrad degree in that. I don't think that's easy at all. However, it's very interesting.

I found I had no choice but to stay focused on what I eat. I have little wiggle room and if I get off track the stress would make everything worse than having to focus so much on the work it takes to eat healthy.

When things are not stable it can be very difficult. I can't wait until I get a teaching job and I am able to have a little consistency. School and all the craziness can makes things to challenging.

Good luck to you, as well! Stay in touch if you can.

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2/5/10 5:17 P

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Hi,
Ahh TESOL. I was an applied linguistics undergrad and chose not to pursue the TESOL certificate, but still ended up taking a couple classes more geared toward teaching. It's so interesting and rewarding.

Good for you for staying on track this semester. I was but this week it seems to be falling apart because my schedule has been very random.

Good luck to you this semester!

"Listen to your life and see it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because, in the last analysis, all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace."
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2/4/10 10:57 A

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Hi! Nice to meet you. Anthropology is a very interesting subject. I have no doubt that you're going to love what you do.

I am getting my Masters in Education in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and I'm in my 2nd Semester. I did not eat well last semester, didn't exercise nearly enough, and basically had a meltdown by the end of the semester.

This semester is a different story. I exercise 3x a week, track my food and try to get enough sleep and I feel so much better, and the stress isn't getting to me nearly as much. No matter what goes on and what you have due take care of yourself. I can think straight now. Last semester I could not. It was just awful.

I support you 100% and congratulations for losing weight and working to keep it off!

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2/2/10 1:06 A

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Hi,
This is my first semester as a grad student in Anthropology. I'm interested in Museum Studies and Archaeology.

I lost weight after undergrad and want to keep working out and eating right. Lol, it's difficult as there's so much more work!


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