Unfortunately, this isn’t an update; or at least this isn’t an update on my story, Different Winters. It is, however, an update on my life, which I give to you because it will probably affect Different Winters in a rather profound way…..
So LilyShadowWriter, stop being vague and tell us what it is you’re rambling about! Okay, okay =P This year, I applied to, and was accepted into, a program called Teach for America. Some of you may have heard of it already, but for those of you who haven’t, Teach for America is an organization founded because here in the United States, a sad reality of life is that where one is born largely predicts whether or not you will receive a quality education.
Now in such a “prosperous” nation such as this founded on the ideals of freedom and equality, this is pretty ridiculous. Heck, this is ridiculous anywhere, but it seems especially so when the children of one of the richest countries in the world filled with all these opportunities (as people so often say), cannot even get a good education. Ehhh, but hold on, let’s backtrack…SOME of the children get excellent educations, but not ALL of them, and this gap is almost entirely related to a families’ socioeconomic status. A gap in education between the rich and the poor…and the gap starts early. By the time kids reach 4th grade, those that live in low-income communities are already two to three grade levels behind their higher-income peers. About half of them will graduate high school by age 18, and those who do…perform on an eighth grade level. This…well, is not good, to say the least, and so Teach For America was founded (as well as lots of other organizations of course!) to try and close this achievement gap by placing well-trained individuals into these areas to provide these kids with the excellent education they so deserve so that they may go on to achieve great things. Now, there’s more to it than that of course, as this is a pretty far reaching problem with no easy answers, but that’s the basic idea, and this summer, I’m going to be trained to be one of those teachers! Eep o_o
So what in the world does this mean for Different Winters!?!? ….it means updates may potentially be few and far apart ='( Now my original goal was to get the 2nd generation done before I move on the 14th, but I’ve just had SO much to do to prepare that that hasn’t happened and I didn’t want to rush it. So…yeah. Sigh =(
BUT, (OMG MAYBE GOOD NEWS PLZ!?), even though my first commitment is to learning as much as I possibly can and being the best that I possibly can for my future students…I will still need to take little breaks here and there for my mental health, and it is very likely that I would work on this blog during those breaks, because writing is something that I have loved doing my entire life and I couldn’t imagine staying away from it for very long. That and um, THE SIMS is something that I’ve loved since I was um…13, and that is not going to be changing anytime soon!!
Soooooooooooo long story short, I shall be very busy over the next few months as I prepare for this incredible task, but I promise I will do my best to continue this blog (because I love it so much!)….the updates will just be fewer and far between.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support and I hope all of you continue to stick with Different Winters because I have a lot of awesome stuff planned! =D Your interest in my blog means the world to me ^_^
But in the meantime…so long sunny Florida and hello Windy City! Chicago here I come!! =O
Oh…and sorry if I sounded a little bit preachy D= This is just something I really care about, haha, clearly =P Happy simming everyone!! ^_^ ❤