Class of 2010
May 2012Hey, Gusties,
I am writing to you from Barranquilla, Colombia, somewhere I never guessed I would be two years after Gustavus. To be honest, I didn’t even know where Barranquilla was until I attended the international teaching fair at the University of Northern Iowa. The first interview I had offered me a job in a private, k-12 school, and within 20 minutes, I went from not knowing what to do with my life, to signing a two-year contract to teach 6th grade English and Life Science in Colombia.
My time in Colombia has been extraordinary, and although my contract agreement will be over at the end of the year, I plan to sign on for another school year and possibly two more after that. Right now I am working on a Master’s degree in educational supervision and leadership with an international concentration through Western Carolina University. I have been blessed with the incredible learning opportunities that this whole experience has afforded me. I have developed a greater passion for languages as I am working to perfect my Spanish and would like to pursue some sort of degree in ESL teaching or language acquisition later in life.
While down here, I have had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala to study at a language school, and I have been attempting to see everything I can in beautiful Colombia. I spend much of my time teaching 6th grade and working on my studies, but I have found some time to teach English in the community and I am helping to set up a creative writing and arts program at a local museum.
Everything I have done up until now, I can honestly say was sparked by Gustavus and the alumni and faculty there. I feel tremendous pride for and solidarity with Gustavus even more so now that I am two years into my life after graduation. Often after a tough day, I think about how lucky I am to have had the training and experience that the Gustavus Education Program and Community Service Center has provided me. I wonder where I would be without Gustavus, and usually conclude that I may be in a similar place with a similar job, but not necessarily the same person. My message to all you alumni is to not forget where you came from and what you stand for. The influences and obstacles become even greater the further we venture away from our homes. Carry with you the education and values received from Gustavus no matter how crazy life gets.
Much love to my fellow Gusties,
Class of 2010
Upcoming Chapter Events – Attend one near you!
June 5, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sesquicentennial Celebration - Rochester (Somerby Golf Club, Byron MN)
June 18, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sesquicentennial Celebration - St. Cloud (St. Cloud Civic Center, St. Cloud MN)
June 19, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sesquicentennial Celebration - Willmar (The Oaks at Eagle Creek, Willmar MN)
June 20, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sesquicentennial Celebration - Fargo/Moorhead (Stokers at Hotel Donaldson)
June 25, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sesquicentennial Celebration - Sioux Falls (Minerva’s Restaurant and Bar, Sioux Falls, SD)
June 26, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sesquicentennial Celebration - Omaha (Spezia Restaurant, Omaha NE)
June 27, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sesquicentennial Celebration - Des Moines (The Wakonda Club, Des Moines IA)
July 16, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sesquicentennial Celebration - Grand Rapids (Timberlake Lodge Hotel, Grand Rapids MN)
July 17, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sesquicentennial Celebration - Duluth (Clyde Park Restaurant, Duluth MN)
Join your fellow Gusties for breakfast and to learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie Breakfasts. Speaker for May will feature former Gustavus president Dennis Johnson ʼ60. The St. Peter Breakfasts are held in the banquet rooms on campus at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month and the Twin Cities Breakfasts are held at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis at 8 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. RSVP by calling 800-487-8437 or e-mail email@example.com. Hope to see you bright and early!
Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) is preparing to host the second annual Books in Bloom event May 4-6 at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. Books in Bloom is a unique event that will highlight books, media, and other resource material within the library through floral arrangements and artistic expression. More than 20 exhibits will be on display.