Trust me: I have a good explanation for my social media non-presence. A great explanation, really.
In Spring 2017, I started the first of six prereqs I needed to apply for the master’s in teaching English program at WGU. This past April, I finally finished.
April is also when I developed a persistent case of what I thought was vertigo—but it didn’t respond to the same treatment that worked for me when I had BPPV three years ago. I went to a vestibular therapist, who took one look at my family history (two sisters diagnosed with MS) and sent me right back to my doctor for an MRI referral.
Meanwhile, as I made the rounds from the vestibular therapist to the primary care physician, then the radiologist, optometrist, allergist, otolaryngologist, and finally the neurologist, I spent a lot of time studying. Because it turned out one of the only activities that didn’t trigger my dizziness was sitting in front of my computer, working away at the first few classes in my master’s program.
The short story is that after a red flag on my MRI, it turned out I don’t have MS. Much to my everlasting relief. While the neurologist at Virginia Mason didn’t know what was causing the dizziness, he assured me that whatever it was, it wasn’t serious and sooner or later, it would pass.
Which it did—sooner, actually, once I figured out that the primary culprit was sleep deprivation. Because of all those late nights studying. While I worked to re-regulate my sleep habits, I kept studying (mostly during the day) and between April and the end of August, I finished eight classes. Ever since May, my program mentor has been urging me to accelerate. After months of being on the fence, I finally decided to take her advice when I got the opportunity to work with the host teacher of my dreams for my fieldwork. It’s been grueling, finishing the last five classes in four weeks, but I did it.
And this is what was waiting in my inbox this morning:
Tomorrow is the first day of school and also of the first stage of my fieldwork, preclinical observation. My host teacher teaches two sections of AP English, 12th grade language arts, mythology and journalism. Honestly, I had to work really hard to stay calm and not geek out when he told me, because the fieldwork handbook repeatedly admonishes teacher candidates to maintain a “professional disposition” and I knew that squeeing out loud would be unprofessional.
So, I geeked out on the inside.
If all goes well, I’m hoping this host teacher will also want to work with me during my demonstration teaching in January. Which means the social media presence will continue to be hit-or-miss, but for even better reasons.
Wish me luck!