Sarah Drummond ('09) | Teacher Education
Elementary education major
from Pueblo, Colo.
"China is like a totally different world," says Sarah Drummond. She had traveled to Europe the previous summer and thought she was fully prepared for this experience. "I was completely wrong," she says.
Q&A with Sarah
What was the experience like for you?
It was extremely hard to communicate, but the people there are very nice and tried to help out as best they could. Experiencing the different culture was the best part. Seeing things such as the Great Wall, The Olympic Village and Tiananmen Square was amazing. Surprisingly, seeing the city and smaller less well-known areas was the best way to experience the culture.
What was your favorite part of the experience?
It's so hard to choose. I would have to say that it was just experiencing a totally different culture. It was amazing to see how they lived and experience all the things that are different over there. I have memories that will last a lifetime.
What did you learn about yourself on the trip?
I learned that I can pretty much do anything. I went to an entirely different country and found my way around and was totally comfortable with it in a matter of weeks. It gave me confidence in myself.
What's the most unusual thing that happened to you on the trip?
I like food, but nothing out of the ordinary. I never expected that I would voluntarily eat a scorpion while I was there. And most surprisingly, it wasn't so bad!
Were you changed by the experience?
I truly realized how lucky I am to live in such a wonderful country. The people there work extremely hard and for hardly any money at all. I appreciate my life here so much more.
Did you feel prepared by ACU's Teacher Education Department to teach at the Beijing school?
I felt completely prepared. I was confident in my abilities in the classrooms and relied on what I had learned quite frequently. I learned that you can never really know what your students will like. You have to get to know them, and also sometimes lessons that you thought would go really well end up bombing, and those you don't think the students will particularly like end up being their favorite activities.
What would you say to someone considering participating next year?
It's a wonderful way to experience what teaching is like and also get to know so many people you wouldn't have known otherwise. The experience you share with them is once in a lifetime and you will have special bonds with them because of it.
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