Day 2: Transformational Change

Day 2: Transformational Change

I awoke at 7:30 a.m. intending to skip breakfast, as I was really tired and preferred my sleep to food. It was raining outside (warm, steamy rain) which naturally made my hair frizz, which meant I had to spend more time than I had planned to trying to calm it. I...
Day 1: Welcome to TFA

Day 1: Welcome to TFA

Read Part 1 — Day 1: Charleston to Florence I was picked up from Amtrak by Josh Bell, the executive director for the South Carolina TFA region. During the short drive to Francis Marion University (the place where Induction would be held) he asked me a lot of...
Day 1: Charleston to Florence

Day 1: Charleston to Florence

Sure enough, I did not sleep well last night. I ended up going to bed around 4:00 a.m., but didn’t fall asleep until about 4:30 a.m.. Bright orange light seeped in through the windows where the curtains didn’t come all the way down, and the air conditioner...

Getting Fingerprinted

One of the things Teach for America requires of new corps members is that they join Americorps. To do that, corps members must first submit some paperwork which includes two sets of fingerprints. This must be done before arriving at Induction. Getting my fingerprints...

Don’t Believe the 40 Hours

After you accept your position as a Teach for America corps member, TFA sends you a PDF with links to articles and videos that you’re supposed to read, watch, and absorb before arriving at Induction. They tell you it should take 40 hours, and give you a timeline...