The most exciting aspect of the New Year is the scope of the future. Last year, several unexpected opportunities came my way. 2010 spring brought me a writing class that helped me publish two articles. In the summer, I went to Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival—Hamlet and Henry the Fourth Part I were the most powerful plays I have ever seen. February, I was a bridesmaid in my sister’s wedding, and then in August I was a bridesmaid in my brother’s wedding. It’s been quite a busy year for weddings; one of my best friends got married too.
During the fall semester, I taught the grammar section of a 100 English class at my university, and the English department asked me to join the Graduate School Preparation Track. So starting this spring, my department will prepare me for grad school, so that I can get my MFA. I am very grateful, especially for my professors, who have given me the blessings of their knowledge, their time and their guidance. I have learned so much.
January 1st of 2010, I could not have imagined being where I am now: taking a pedagogy class and a practicum, and continually improving my personal writing projects. I also hope to lead a mission trip to Japan with a year or so. As I plan for the New Year, I know that I can’t possibly guess what challenges I’ll find or what growth will result. Sometimes I wish I could see the future, but right now I’m satisfied with anticipation. Happy New Year!