|It’s a tiny one, but still!|
I have been packing a lot into my last few weeks here in Pohnpei. School-wise, my computer class is learning how to navigate Microsoft Word (when there is cash power). I also had the guts to speak in Pohnpeian at my final PTA meeting, which turned out pretty well. I am working with the debate team on the fine art of arguing (MHS even had its first annual debate, hosted by yours truly) and researching (through interviews and the internet). In the library, students from all levels have been captivated by…American pop culture magazines. Thank you Pennoyer Elementary School 8th graders! MHS also did very well in the Pohnpei Public Library’s Art and Essay Contest in celebration of its 25th anniversary. This year’s theme was “Reading: Lighthouse to the World”.
|You know you’re in a small country when…you can meet with your state senator after one phone call.|
|So proud of these students, the most prolific readers at MHS!|
I am glad to report to you all, dear readers, that I have accomplished everything on my Pohnpeian bucket list (kickin’ the bucket, indeed). I finally visited Pahntakai Waterfall in U and the Mand swimming hole in Madolenihmw. I am also starting to decide what clothes to give away and what to keep. My advice to you, future volunteers in Micronesia – you will acquire A LOT of clothing during your service, so only bring enough clothes to get you started (say, two week’s worth tops). I am also preparing for graduate school at UIUC by setting up various accounts and filling out paperwork (never-ending!).
|Brad in a literal bat cave behind the waterfall|
|With Berman, one of my best students and Mand tour guide|
|As long as I don’t get a kool aid induced heart attack!|