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*Degree complete!

Well, I am officially a Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages now. At least, I have a degree that says so!

Finishing grad school is a great feeling- for the first time in my life, I am done writing papers and taking exams with no future plans for writing or taking any more! (I’m sure I will still be grading quite a few, but that’s another thing entirely).

I had a really great experience at SPU- the program has wonderful professors and I learned so much from both them and my classmates. While I won’t miss the assignments, I will miss seeing my classmates on a regular basis.

The craziest part of it all is that I have now finished doing what I moved to Seattle to do- get a master’s degree. So, this naturally leads to the question that everyone has been asking… what’s next? That’s a great question, and one that I do not have a direct answer for, yet. (However, if you’d rather know the Latin roots of a word like “unanimous” or the difference between the simple past, past progressive, present perfect, present perfect progressive, past perfect, and past perfect progressive, I’m happy to answer those questions, with examples. Email me).

For now, I’ll still be teaching as usual and tutoring for Microsoft. I’m looking for another part-time job as well, preferably teaching an ESL class at a community college, but I’d be up for something that didn’t require planning and preparing as well. I’m also planning to finally complete a very long application for living in a particular country that is close to my heart… but we’ll see what happens with that.  Details will be given when there are details to share.  It’s too early to know anything yet!

One thing is for sure… until further notice, I am quite content to be in Seattle enjoying the sunny weather of summer, the amazing coffee, cheering on the Mariners, and spending time with my incredible friends, not stressing about school!

*Clever Advertising.

Tomorrow I’m teaching the beginning of a unit called “English Communication” for my teaching practicum class.  The focus of this unit is persuasion and the students will be listening to part of a lecture about the various techniques advertisers use to sell products.  While preparing for this unit I found quite a few clever ads so I thought I would share them with you:

Mr. Clean
Mr. Clean

FedEx Kinko’s

FedEx Kinko’s


Bic Razor

Dove Volumizing Mousse

Dove Anti-Frizz Cream

Mini Cooper

A Karate School

Don’t Drink and Drive

(You can see the damage that happens to the car)

*Mom, Dad, and Jeffrey’s trip to the Pacific Northwest.

It’s taken me a few weeks to get these pictures up here, but here they are, finally! Click on the images to view a larger version.

As you can tell from these pictures, we had a great time! Whiles Jeffrey was here we spent a few days in Anacortes, WA. We went whale watching there and took a day trip up to Vancouver, BC. After Jeffrey went back to Atlanta (he had to take care of his new business, Jeffrey Baker Home Design, Interiors, & Antiques), Mom, Dad, and I drove south to Oregon. We drove through the Columbia River Valley and spent a day at Seaside, a small beach town on the Oregon coast. We came back to Seattle in time for my Hooding & Graduation ceremonies. We stayed busy in Seattle as well: we went to the top of the Space Needle, watched the guys in the orange overalls throw fish at Pike Place Market, rode the Monorail, walked along the waterfront, and rode the Ducks, among other things.

It was really fun to have my parents and brother in town and to show them around Seattle!

Mom and Dad left after graduation and the next day I started school again. (I had five weeks of summer classes left before I would be officially done). Now I’m down to just two more weeks! It’s hard to believe I’ve been in Seattle for almost two years, and that I am only two weeks away from finishing my MA TESOL degree! I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do next (stay where I am for the time being), but I’m sure another adventure is in store!