Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
We came, we staged, and tomorrow we leave. We leave and fly and then the plane lands and then it will be real. I feel ready. There are many reasons why I feel ready. One major reason: the group of people with whom I will serve. My fellow PCTs (that’s Peace Corps Trainees for those playing along at home) are friendly, kind, funny, creative and, dare I say, a little more alive than the average Joe(s). Can’t express how good it feels to be in this together.
The most influential studies of combat motivation suggest that when soldiers go into battle they are not motivated by patriotism or idealism. They fight because they are fighting for one another. While the combat experience is not a direct parallel to PC (if I drop my books and cower in the corner of the classroom my fellow PCV won’t be taking a bullet to the head), I think this research remains relevant to my experience. I want to succeed as an individual but I also want to be part of our group’s success.
There are other motivations, of course. I will be motivated by a desire to serve the community where I am placed, a desire to serve
PCV Amy Bernath
I will write you back. Promise. The blog may be relatively dormant for a while. I’m somewhat unclear on the guidelines for blogs and I want to avoid causing another postcard incident. But I will be back. Signing off from Philly and looking forward to checking in from
Saturday, September 15, 2007
To blog or not to blog, that was the question. Part of me feels presumptuous for thinking that others will want to read about my life. I do, however, enjoy keeping in touch with friends via their blog posts. And so today, in anticipation of the upcoming move to
T-minus 13 days until the flight to staging in
Look for more in the coming weeks and months. I just wanted to get my feet wet today with a test post. Thanks for visiting!