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Shayna Jester Friday December 1

December 1, 2017

The day starts out groggy, it's 6 AM and I'm getting out of bed. Tired from a night with good friends and dancing, I get up and make myself a cup of tea. The stove won't start, so much for making everybody breakfast. It's now 7:30 AM and the sun still hasn't full risen. It's our last day in Holland, and all of the student from UMaine Machias are going into Amsterdam. Fast forward to 9 AM - public transportation; goodness isn't it confusing and gross? We get off the bus and head to the train. Making our way into Amsterdam, walking fast, faces flash, and we're obviously tourists. All of us go into a few shops, buy some things for our loved ones back home. We go and eat pizza, and after that the group splits off. I go to get my tattoo from The 3 Sins, while Dara, Ryan, Dawn and Rowan head to the Van Gogh Museum.

 

Speaking to Dara and Dawn, the Van Gogh museum was fascinating. With floor upon floors of different time periods spanning form Van Gogh's early work into his slow slide into insanity. His early work seems more structured because of the framing technique, with a bright awakening in the middle, then slowly showing you his progression into mental illness. 3 PM - it's been a long day and we are all tired, it's time to go back to Jamarco. After a long and tiring train/bus ride we finally arrive, throwing chop suey on the heater because our stove still will not work. It's relaxing and peaceful, yet sadness overwhelms me. It's my second year doing Crossing Borders, and probably my last, but I never lose hope that I will one day be in these beautiful cities again. Until we meet again Holland, Shayna Jester

 

 

Ryan Economy November 30

December 1, 2017
We started off the day by going to the school and doing some end of week feedback. People had some interesting thoughts and one that stuck to me was when someone said there should be more of a structure but Hans-Jan made a good point where the friction among the groups is a huge part of this class and that’s what makes this class so special. We work hard and learn to work together but it does require some pressure. The pressure we work together makes us learn stronger and help out in the fu...
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Dara Economy Sunday 11/26

December 1, 2017

 Sunday morning we woke up from our first full night of sleep at Jamarco. We had cereal for breakfast and dressed warm for our day at the windmills. We met in Dr. Lori’s bungalow at 9:00AM and met Sammy and Tiffany who were our chauffeurs for the day. Tiffany and Sammy were students of crossing boarders last year. Before leaving, we invited the all students who arrived the night before and four German students joined. We piled into the van and Tiffany’s car and were on ou...


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CB 2017 Just being silly

December 1, 2017


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Rowan Hodgdon Wednesday November 29

December 1, 2017

Today was the day that we had our presentations! Since it was going to be a pretty intense day of listening to a lot people talking and absorbing a lot of information, we were all allowed to sleep in. We haven’t exactly been getting up too early, at least in my opinion, but I prefer to sleep in until around nine or nine thirty, and we had not being doing that up to this day.

  It was a little crazy trying to figure out where to go. We got there in time to participate in yo...


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Dawn Johnson Tuesday November 28

December 1, 2017

On Tuesday, November 28, we started off our day at 9am beginning with the usual bit of housekeeping to ensure we were all on the same page. Today, the groups hit the paper and presentations hard. At times the work was intense and a bit stressful but all of the groups got a surprising amount of work done.

After the on campus part of the day was done, some students went to Alkmaar to shop and decompress from the long hard day of work. Shayna and I got a little lost and had a h...


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Dara Economy Monday November 27

December 1, 2017

      On Monday we started our day having breakfast in our bungalow. We left the bungalow at 9:30 to get to the college at 10. The college was beautiful! There were live plants going up poles near the stairs and live pants that cover the walls. We first met some professors and a few students in the lobby. We were able to recognize some students from the video chats and introduced ourselves. Followed, all the students and professors met in the cafeteria. We mixed and mingled, ...


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We have arrived

November 29, 2017
I say this every year and have since 2002, but the time between visits with the CB faculty and students goes by so quickly. It is hard to believe since that first time Amber and I headed to Rosswein Germany I have literally brought more than 100 students to either Germany or Holland to share in this wonderful experience/class. I love now watching Facebook and seeing how past friendships continue and new are built.

As this year's class comes together it will be fun to read their papers and to w...
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Read research do your homework

January 26, 2017
day 4 of 100 days of advocacy: shared from the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented:

  • Read and research, do your homework on the issues;
  • Find and use support groups;
  • Be prepared to share information with others, using practical examples;
  • Consider using information from tests/assessments as supporting data;
  • Ask questions, and give defensible answers;
  • Advocate positively, look for events and opportunities to congratulate and reinforce;
  • Keep your message simple and straigh...

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Getting started

January 26, 2017
day 3 of 100 days of advocacy: as promised to day I will post a few tips from experts: #1 be prepared and truthful at all times "know your topic and your audience. Be honest with the people you are dealing with" Carol Kelly #2 don't be in a hurry I've been doing this since the 60's sometimes its a one step forward process but many times there are gains. #3 tell your story and keep a sense of humor #4 "have confidence in yourself and your decision making" Danielle Clore #5 become part of a str...
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