New Jersey, Week One

3 Jul

Hey everyone!

I KNOW this is like…my fifth blog ever. But this one is for legit purposes: ENRICHMENT! Well, hopefully gaining enrichment credits. I’m spending the next 6 weeks living and working in Camden, New Jersey, and I need documentation, so, here it is! I’m hoping I’ll be able to write everyday, but if not, I’m definitely writing thoughts/progress down during the days so I will post them when I get a chance.

Here is a brief summary of my first 5 days in Jersey:

New Jersey: Day 1. Stayed in bed and read alllllll day. Read the latest Backstage magazine, and the newest Karen Kingsbury novel. Yes. All of the novel. I couldn’t put it down! Practiced. My sister has a guest room with a nice full length mirror, and great acoustics. However, my voice didn’t want to accommodate to the lovely room. After my sister came home, we attempted to get real television for 3 hours. Foiled=not watching “The Bachelorette.” Or, any other show this summer. She told me I got offered a job at the Neighborhood Center where she works. I hadn’t even been there yet! I found a HUGE STACK of Chick-Fil-A coupons with no expiration dates in the other guest room. I think I know what I’m eating all summer long!

New Jersey Day 2 (Tuesday) Went to the Neighborhood Center with my sister. We had to be there at 7:30. Needless to say, we were late. She teaches the 11-14 year olds. These kids are so very interesting. Despite all of the water I drank all day I had a massive headache by the afternoon. Bedtime at 9:30.

Day 3 (Wednesday): Sat at home sulking/sleeping all day. Then went to the Neighborhood Center for Teen Girls Club…but…no one showed up. Drove to Wal*Mart in Deptford only to realize my sister forgot her wallet. Home, dinner, then watched a few episodes of “The Waltons”  and finally crashed around 9:30.

New Jersey Day 4 (Thursday) On time to work! Yay! Had a good morning session with the kids. They listened very well during Bible time. Then I met with Mr. Frank and Ms. Kathleen about my summer placement! A KID’S THEATRE CAMP! Right up my alley! I’m super excited! They took me to Panera, and I heard the story of how they first met and how through Ms. Kathleen’s senior theatre project, Mr. Frank became a Christian! Such a wonderful story and I loved hearing them tell it together. Such a great example of a Christian couple. I got my hair relaxed in the evening. While I was there I could hear So You Think You Can Dance playing on the flat screen. That was a nice treat. Deep conditioner, blow out, flat irons…lovely! I feel so much better when it looks nice! Thanks, Ms. Evelyn! Chick-Fil-A for dinner at 9:45 was definitely a great/terrible decision. Bedtime was late. 12:15!!

Day 5 (Friday) FUN DAY! Bubble snakes, shaving cream, playing on the playground. Then breaking up an almost fight between two of the boys. Sigh. Thankfully it didn’t escalate. I got re-offered the part time job by the director of the programs at the Neighborhood Center. I’ve been given the weekend to think about it. Then around 6:30, my sister and I finally headed home for the Fourth! Starbucks and a few attempted food stops later, we were back in PA!

I’ll be back in New Jersey on Monday, and Tuesday is my first day at my placement which is also in Camden, NJ. I’ll be working with 3 other people (we’re all in our twenties) to lead/facilitate a theatre camp for a group of underprivileged/troubled kids. I can’t wait to get started although, I am a little nervous. I’m sure I’ll know what to do eventually! Mr. Frank and Ms. Kathleen asked me to do some research on Drama Therapy techniques, and make a list of some beginner games and movement exercises. I’m going to throw some voice exercises in there too. Time to prove that I really DID pay attention in all of my acting classes!

At this point I am asking for prayers for our leaders Mr. Frank and Ms. Kathleen, my 3 fellow counselors and I, and the kids as we get started. I really want to make this a great summer for the kids that God places in this program. So many of them have so little, and if I can help them have fun even for a few hours a day…that’s success to me!

Until Tuesday, have a great Holiday weekend!

-Starleisha

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2 Responses to “New Jersey, Week One”

  1. Laura July 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    so. . . u got offered a job? whuuuuuuutt?

    • StarleishaG July 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

      Yeah! working at the after-care program at the NC in the afternoons. It pays decently…I think i’ll accept it! 🙂

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