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Ready, Set, Pre-dep

July 10, 2010

Trips have been taken, packing is almost done, ‘See ya laters’  have been said, tears have been shed. The time has come to jump in with both feet.  Tomorrow I move into the EWB House and Monday starts four weeks of intensive, thought provoking learning that will lay the foundation for my work in Malawi.

Questions that are floating around in my head right now:

  • What do I need to focus on during these 4 weeks to be as prepared as possible? (knowing that I’ll probably never actually feel completely prepared)
  • Is it even possible to read everything that’s been/going to be thrown at me in the time available?
  • What did I forget to pack?
  • How can 6 weeks off be so short?
  • Does that mean 4 weeks is going to be even shorter?
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Danielle Karakas permalink
    July 17, 2010 6:20 pm

    Best of luck!!!!!
    6 weeks being short doesn’t compare to two years!

  2. July 21, 2010 2:54 am

    4 weeks, 6 weeks or 2 years. Time will fly no matter where you are. Enjoy it all (and don’t forget the toothbrush).

  3. July 30, 2010 2:26 pm

    Hi Lyss ~
    I hope everyone at the House is getting a lot out of the pre-dep training.
    what do you personally find has been the most useful session?
    A tiny suggestion for your mountain of reading:
    keep a pad of post-it notes handy in your jeans pocket, so can visually flag where left off, or need to follow up about, in multiple places within various books and handouts.
    Jot on outer edge of post-it a relevant word or two, so you can easily find specific section later (especially useful when a book is bristling with 20 post-its.)
    All your GR buddies are cheering you on!

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