Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Part 2: How I Got to Yale University on Summer Vacation

"Remember that in ordering your studies you make them as pleasant as may be, and as fruitful as possibly you are able, that so you may not be weary in the work that God sets you about..."
-Reverend Thomas Shepard, Massachusetts, 1672

This past February I applied for 2 summer teaching institutes. My first choice was a one week seminar on Early Colonial America at Yale University in New Haven Connecticut.  My second choice doesn't matter because I was accepted to my first choice!!  I will be honest in saying that in high school I would not have had the credentials to come close to going to an Ivy League school. Not that I didn't have good grades but they were not up to par for an Ivy League school nor did my parents have that kinda of money to send me to any Ivy League school.

However, after I became a teacher with a BA & MA in History, I have become a bit more scholarly and after writing and editing a long essay on how I would benefit from a week long study at Yale, I got accepted!   I was quite impressed with myself;)

The history of Yale itself, founded in 1701,is just fascinating and just to experience the campus and atmosphere is so rewarding as an educator. The Old Campus architecture is just beautiful! 

Above is Calhoun Dining Hall where I get to eat everyday............

.......this is the Cross Campus area above.  Straight ahead is Sterling Library.

I wanted to interview a student on campus so I found this guy just hanging out ..........

........he said his family tree dates way back to the 1700's and there are many graduates from Yale in his family.  He got into Yale cuz his Dad and great, great grandpas were alumni......though he said some of them were known to be a little nuts.  He also said he is majoring in environmental studies, particularly recycling. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Summer Vacation Part 1

Summer vacations for me don't come easy.  As a teacher I do get summers off but actually trying to plan a vacation to leave my house and farm is a whole different story. Its a lot of work and planning to leave for a few days, let alone a week.  But this summer an opportunity came up and I just had to make it work....for me and the animals.

So after much anxiety, lecturing the farm animals on being good for the babysitter, telling the cats not to destroy the house, telling the dogs to have good manners at Grandma & Grandpa's house and not to bark too loud cuz the neighbors live literally right next door in the suburbs, I dropped them off and hit the road.

Since I just happened to be heading towards the east coast, particularly the New England area, I had the perfect excuse to spend an overnight and a day in Vermont. I scoped out some land that the sheep & goats might enjoy living on once I win the lottery and can move here.........

.........there were definitely some prospects to consider..........

............ for example I really like this area that runs along the Battenkill River. I don't believe this farm was for sale however :(  Ok......it was not for sale!

Well, its always good to dream and if I make the trip back up for the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festivel at the end of September, perhaps my parents will give me the money to buy some land......ok, that will not be happening any time within the next thousand years especially after my beagle Squirt works them over for the week.

Each time I stop up in Vermont I like to go to Bennington Pottery to add something to my collection. This year I got the muffin and cassarole pieces.....I might have a complete set by the time I am 80 years old......its beautiful pottery but very expensive:) 
On Sunday I headed out to my next destination....... it was established in 1701 and so far its a pretty cool place but too many one way streets for me!!!
More details forth coming............