It’s been a great 2 years in my graduate program and I still have 1 year to go. It is a blended format so a lot of the class is online and we meet in person 3 times per course. The face to face courses are the best part not only because I’ve made relationships with great people, but because I’m learning so much about Maine. I had only been to southern Maine before we moved here and I really knew nothing about this humongous state. Living in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts does not prepare you for the Pine State.
As I sit in class with 15 Mainers I am a very active student! I have Google Maps up and ready.
When someone references a town or school district, it feels like they are naming some far off place. I discreetly type it in to my search box. Of course I play it off like I’m taking notes. I’ll edge my laptop to not be visible to the people near me and try to nod and smile as much as I can. It definitely gets me off track.
Yesterday for instance, Matt was talking about important budget decisions in his school district. I typed in Matt’s town and I realized that it is so close to Bar Harbor. That led me whispering across the table to ask what it’s like to live there. Then Kyle mentioned Harford, Maine. Ha! Well a conversation inevitably followed about growing up near Hartford, Connecticut. I even had a classmate from Van Buren, Maine. I’m so glad I had the sense to look that one up- Hello Canada!
After 2 years I can finally hide my surprise when my mouse passes over Mexico, Paris, Moscow, Charleston, Sweden, or Denmark. If you haven’t taken a close look at the map of Maine lately, you might want to. Google Maps puts on a great show.