Since I apparently still have PTSD about this past year and can’t quite reflect on it yet, I’ll offer some advice about Institute, and specifically about the ∆ Institute. Other ∆ people, please add to this list if you want!
- make a motivational playlist on your ipod, and listen to it on the way to and from your placement school — it makes all the difference in the world
- girls: skirts are your best friend. sometimes the A/C on the buses doesn’t work.
- don’t park under the trees at DSU. I got this weird sap stuff on my car, and trying to get it off ruined the finish on my hood.
- DSU’s cafeteria food really isn’t that bad. the pizza is delicious, and there’s soft-serve ice cream. the salad bar is usually pretty good too — it’s nice not having to cook for yourself, so take advantage of it!
- do what you gotta do on the weekends. whatever recharges you for the next week, do it. people won’t judge you. my Friday afternoon routine was going to Sonic and getting mozzarella sticks and a cherry limeade, then eating them in bed while watching romantic comedies on youtube.
- Cleveland has some incredible restaurants. Crave, Airport Grocery, Lost Dog Pizza, and the Mexican place by Pizza Hut (not the one in the Walmart parking lot) are my favorites.
- remember that it’s only 5 weeks.
- DSU’s gym is pretty amazing, so take advantage of it, even if it’s just walking on the treadmill.
- create routines for yourself. when you’re completely out of your comfort zone, it’s amazing how comforting routines can be.
- bug spray. lots of bug spray. especially in the morning.
- always have protein bars with you — helps lessen the sugar/caffeine crashes.
- have extra snacks in your dorm room — you’ll need them. but don’t overdo it on a particular snack food; I used to love Cheez-Its and Wheat Thins, but I haven’t been able to eat them since last summer because that’s ALL I ate.
- you need a pretty long ethernet cord to connect to the internet in some of the dorm rooms.
- it really helps to have your own printer with you, so you can print off your originals yourself and then just go make copies. printing in the copy center is kind of a complicated process.
- I know you’ll want to and be peer-pressured to, but don’t spend too much money on your summer school class.
- you’ll have people observing you teach almost every day — don’t hesitate to ask for advice and get all the feedback you can!
That’s all I can think of right now! Good luck!