Teach For Malaysia Institute: Day 2

Teach For Malaysia Institute: Day 2

It’s only been 2 days, but this training seems like it’s been going on foreverrrrr (but in a good way, thank god). It’s been a very tiring 2 days with only 4-5 hours of sleep each day. I guess it’s quite normal to only get that little sleep once you start working, but it’s hard when I’ve been so accustomed to 9 hours of sleep 😛

Things are very hectic here. We spend about 13 hours each day with each other for our formal training, and only about 1-2 hours before we sleep every night to complete work for the next day. I have completely no time to do anything else, which is good because it keeps me focused for these 2 months. I brought my kindle and my super thick Murakami book, but I’ve only read 1/2 page so far before I had to complete my work for the next day T__T

It might be too early to tell, but I don’t think I’d ever go through anything this strenuous and intense again. Our trainers (all of them from either Teach For America or Teach First UK) are all extremely committed and energetic, and despite the sessions being that incredibly long, they made them seem so fun and engaging. The people here are all beyond amazing, and each and everyone of them constantly inspires me further everyday. Everyone is so invested in the same vision and goals, it’s just nice to feel all that energy and motivation. Definitely makes me forget that I’m extremely sleep-deprived everyday.

The closer I get to starting my teaching journey, the more convinced I am that the goals Teach For Malaysia is trying to achieve will become a reality. Actually, I can’t even begin to describe how I feel at this point. I really need sleep.

A video that inspired me today:

There is no movement without the first follower. We’re told we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective.

The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow.

When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.”

By the way, Teach For Malaysia‘s 2013 cohort’s application is now open! There are 50 of us this year and 75 of you next year. Apply if you want to make a difference too!