I was going to wait to tell you about this idea, because I didn't know how much of a possibility it would be, but I have a letter to send and I need your opinions. So, I've had this idea to go to Canada for a really, really long time, and now I'm finally putting my mind to it and planning. I have been in contact with the Sudbury school in Toronto, and I told them that I would be interested in finding out more info about being a staff member there. So, one of the staff (not sure if she's the founder or not) has been E-mailing back and forth with me, and she said that she doesn't think I have enough life experience to be a full time staff member, but that they would be interested in a part time position.
So, I wanted to write her back. The letter is a *little* lengthy, and needs editing, but I was wondering if you guys could tell me what you think.
I can see what you mean about life experience. I think that really is an asset to making a Sudbury school work. However, I also think that Sudbury graduates are already way ahead of the game than even people who have been out of high school for years and years. I can also see that I may not have as much "life" experience as someone who has been out of school longer, but I have had a lot of life experience packed into not much time - both from my time at Alpine Valley and the time since I graduated.
For example, while at AVS, I was very involved in the community inside and outside the school. Within AVS, I was School Meeting chair, School Meeting secretary, JC Clerk, and held other clerkships with various committees in the school, as well as designed and sold the yearbook alone for four years straight. I helped initiate classes, organized talent shows and graduations, and studied a variety of academic subjects. In addition, I served on the Diploma Committee and continue to do so today. I was also very involved with the PR Committee while at school and helped out with events, office work, etc. I had to deal with a carpool for four years, plus a super long commute (believe me, it takes nerves of steel! But I would not have done it had it not been for AVS).
Outside the school, I was an actor, dancer, bagpipe player, among other things. I served on the board for a non-profit dance organization as the student representative. My mother is German, so I was raised speaking two languages, and spent a lot of time in Germany (almost every year of my life, to be exact), so I have exposure to other cultures and countries. I had a job at a bookstore for a while, and in my last year at AVS, I had a job at a dry cleaners, which taught me so much about money management (though I had experience already from selling yearbooks).
Shortly after I graduated from AVS, I got a job moved into an apartment with my boyfriend, which is definitely an experience I have learned a lot from. I no longer have much financial support from my parents. I am going to school full time while working. I am also organizing an event to create awareness about a case in Arkansas where 3 men are in prison with no hard evidence to put them there - believe me, my experience at AVS is helping a lot with this, but it's still not an easy task!
In terms of coming to Canada, it is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and am finally in a place in my life where I can think about it seriously. I am doing it mostly because I don't like the direction our country is going in, and never felt totally comfortable and at home here in the first place, though I grew up here. I feel that if I came to Canada, I would definitely need a place where I can be welcomed by a community, since this will be an entirely new experience. In addition, I love Sudbury schools. I care very much about keeping them open and alive, and want to help to make that possible. And ever since I started being involved in AVS, I knew deep down I was going to do something with Sudbury schools in my lifetime. Why make it later rather than sooner?
The school/work thing is a problem, however - as a citizen of the United States and not yet a citizen of Canada, I cannot work and go to school at the same time. I would definitely be interested in having a part time position with your school, but if I had to wait and get established in Canada first, I would be more than willing to do that, too. Right now, I am very flexible. And if I did come to Canada, and if my feeling about Canada is correct, then I have a feeling I will be there for quite a long time."
(And following would be some sort of departure...)
Do you think that I should say the whole bit at the end there, about how I would be willing to take a part time job, or come to Canada and wait until I'm established there? I can't decide if I should or not.
(Bruce...I would really value your opinion here...When you have time. ^_~)
Anyway, thanks, guys!!!
*~*EDIT*~* I should really put something in there about how I'm learning French just so I can come to Canada, huh? =P