Day 1: Welcome to Atlanta Institute

Day 1: Welcome to Atlanta Institute

It hurt to wake up at 6:30 am. Not really, but kind of. My comfort was the knowledge that I would get to sleep in the car on the way down to Atlanta. I packed my morning stuff, loaded my bags into the car I would be riding in, and went to turn in my key. My driver got...
Day 5: Story of Self (Last Day)

Day 5: Story of Self (Last Day)

Breakfast today was at 8:30 am, so I had an extra 15 minutes (well, twenty-five; I snoozed my alarm for the first time) to sleep in. When I got to the dining hall, there was a line leading into the room for us to pick up an envelope and notecard in order to send a...
Day 4: Reflection and Kids

Day 4: Reflection and Kids

Breakfast started at 8:15 am today instead of 8:00 am, which meant I actually arrived well before we began…I even had time to grab two KFC-style biscuits. Yummy! Josh introduced someone new this morning, a black man named Kwame. He talked to us about how Teach...
Day 3: Hiring Fair

Day 3: Hiring Fair

I got so much sleep last night! Nearly five hours. Seriously, I was excited. I had to get up early because there was going to be a hiring fair in the afternoon, so I had to look really nice. Fortunately, it wasn’t raining at all today, so the humidity...
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...