Melissa's Oaxaca Service-Learning Blog

I was enrolled in a summer Service-Learning Program through ACCD. this blog follwed our adventures in San Antonio and in Oaxaca. It now holds some thoughts on life, and fun as well as comments. I will continue to post Oaxaca information as i get it. you will want to continue checking for updates since we are suppose to go back in March 07!

My first day in class
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
When I first decided that I was going to go back to school I did not relalize how close I was to graduating. I had changed my major two times, finally I found my real passion, public relations.

I have three classes left to take to complete my degree Associates in Marketing and Public Relations. When i got accepted into the summer course I was suprised that I was concidered. COMM 2311 is one of the courses I need to graduate. When I recieved the email that we were being enrolled reality started sinking in not only with myself but my family. "Mommy who is going to feed us?" my nine year old asked, "Mommy who is going to take me to practice?" my seven year old son asked and of course my wise four year old, "What are you going to bring me back? Will there be toys over there for you to buy me?" The truth of the matter is that I am very excited and very hesitant.

Arriving on the 7th floor at San Antonio College I was a little lost, and confused. I went in circles and kept on hitting a dead end. I thought to myself, ok if I can't find a classroom at school, how I am I going to find my way in Oaxaca? Now that I've meet my fellow classmates and heard a little about each of them, Brendan who goes to Incarnet Word, Camile who this is her third trip, Liz sounds like I should stick by her side; she's eaten grasshoppers, Gail, if we go swimming I know I'll feel safe, Meliane, sounds like I can pick her brain with some graphic art, Mary we have a connection and did'nt even know, we go to the same church, Giselle seems so intresting just deciding to get on a bus and come to Texas, Alex who in his many travels, I bet will have some intresting adventures to tell about and Jewelette, we will all have to see if she has any helpfull information about Dr. Richter and her expectations that we might want to know about to assist us in the course since she has had her before. All ten of us are in for an adventure. I am thinking we might get lost, we might run into dead ends just like this morning. But I am also thinking that together because of the diversity of our group, the passion that each of us will bring and the friendship that will develop, that we can find our way and dead ends will become new begingings

My first day in class was my first day of an adventure that I know will end with lasting memories and friendships.
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 5/30/2006 11:41:00 AM  
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Name: Melissa Rodriguez
Home: San Antonio, Texas, United States
About Me: New me, not the same one that started out in the begining of the summer. Oaxaca and what I saw here in SA changed me. I use to think I did a lot, volunteer for organizations, chair events. blablabla. But there is sooo much more to do! And i learned not to be afraid. Not that I was scared of things before. But not to be afraid to venture out and ask questions. Or to say NO! And to ask why something can't happen. To be in the middle of all that and not knowing what tomorrow held. Finding out who really loved you when you called home, who was waiting for your call.. maybe my last call, that woke me up to what i want for my life....New me ..braver, more aggressive, and more FOCUS than ever on a GOAL! UPDATE: one goal completed since last updated: i graduating w/ my AA in PR! 2nd goal going to OLLU for my BS. 3rd goal: WE ARE GOING BACK TO OAXACA!!!
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