I sort of have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I’m sure my privacy isn’t quite as private as I’d like it to be. I don’t put anything crazy on it. But I have a feeling that they figure out a lot about me anyway. One nice aspect is being able to keep in touch with former students. Some are even teachers now and we swap ideas. I’m not friends with too many former students. But it’s fun to keep track of a few of them.
I teach at a school where close to 80% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Some of them hardly ever leave the immediate area. So when they go off to college and have atypical East Side experiences, I think it’s fantastic! The picture above is Fish River Canyon in Namibia. It’s one of the largest canyons in the world. This particular student has spent the last year studying abroad. She first was in Sydney, Australia. Most recently she was studying in Cape Town, South Africa. While there, she was able to travel all over South Africa and to East Africa. I’ve been following her blog and one of her recent excursions was to Robbin Island. The picture below is one of her’s from Zanzibar. That’s one destination we have in common. Today is the day she’s traveling back to the US. I was able to chat with her through Facebook to find out when she’ll be in town.
I had another student who was spending a semester in London studying film. I don’t think I ever pictured him venturing that far away from home. It was fun to see where he had been and compare notes of some our favorite places in London. We happened to both be in Paris when I flew to Rome in March. A funny coincidence at the time…
I truly enjoy seeing these young people venture into the world. It’s nice to see them grow and flourish into the amazing adults that I had a glimpse of so long ago.