Happy holidays, gang! It's been a long time since my last deviation or journal post, and I thought I'd give a quick update before I leave work for my Christmas vacation. I know it's become kinda cliché for me to say at this point, but wow, the past four months have probably been the busiest I've ever been in my entire life! *_* I can't believe how much has happened since my last update.
Since the new school year started here in Moldova back in September, I've had to help teach 20 hours of English a week, taking charge of extracurricular activities after school, applying for grants and writing projects for our school, putting more hours into studying Russian, and trying to keep up with all this Peace Corps paperwork on top of all that! My community partners and I just recently finished a project in which we were able to purchase some new computers for our school's IT lab. We just got our second grant approved for our next project; we're planning to get some new computers, projectors, and a communal printer for our English classrooms. On top of that, I've been able to start a pen-pal exchange between our school here in Moldova and a school back in the States, thanks to the help of an American teacher that got in touch with me about connecting with a Peace Corps volunteer. When I look back on everything that I've been up to since school started, it's no wonder that my activity on DA has come to a complete stand-still. :/
I will admit, in spite of all the great things that I've been doing and all the accomplishments I've made over the past few months, not really getting to draw and post artwork has left me feeling a little empty inside. v_v I know it's certainly a tradeoff, getting to sit at home all day and do fun things like drawing and playing video games, or taking advantage of a wonderful opportunity like Peace Corps and going on a real-life adventure. I've been reflecting a lot on my experiences here recently. It's been almost 19 months since I first came to Moldova, and now as 2016 draws to a close, I'll only have about 7 more months before I get ready to go back home. I'm actually planning to start a blog to document all my experiences here in Peace Corps, so I'll definitely share that with everyone once I get that posted.
Now that it's the end of December and the holiday season is here, I can't help but be excited for Christmas and New Year's! It will be really nice to have a break from school. I'm planning to go back out to the United Kingdom again for vacation, where I'll get to hang out with . We're going to spend some time in London, and then we'll go up to Scotland to hang out with . I'm really excited to spend this holiday season with some of my favorite people! I have to say, with so much to look forward to this Christmas, and knowing that I've reached the home stretch of my Peace Corps service, I've been in such a great mood lately. It's been a very crazy year for me both in terms of work and with my personal life as well, but things are really starting to look up. Once I get to Moldova after winter break, we're going to have a close of service meeting for all the volunteers in our group to assign each of us our departure days for when we leave in the summer, I can't believe how quickly our service is coming to a close. So on that note, I'm also going to start looking into job opportunities for my life after Peace Corps. Of course, I'm hoping whatever job I find won't be as time-consuming as my life in Peace Corps, so I'll be able to have time to enjoy my hobbies like drawing and video games again. xD
Well guys, that's all I have to report for now. I sincerely hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! I miss talking with each and everyone of you, and I'd love to thank you guys for all your support as I continue my Peace Corps journey. One of my goals for the New Year is to manage my free time a lot better, so hopefully you'll be hearing from me a lot more in 2017!!
Happy holidays, and God bless!!