I’ve now officially joined the ranks of dorm living for the first time in 6 years. The last dorm I lived in was in Long Beach, California when I was attending the LA Institute in 2005. Prior to that, it was the Southeast Dorms at the University of Wisconsin waaay back in 2001. The set up here at IIT isn’t that bad. SDs live in 3 bedroom suites that have a mini-kitchen (fridge, woohoo!) and a decent bathroom with shower. Plus there is AC, which, although it wasn’t in effect today with temps in the mid 50s right now, I can rest easy knowing it is ready when the summer heat strikes.
As I look to tomorrow, I know the pace will quicken until it reaches breakneck speed next Monday for Day One. For now, I’m enjoying the silence of the dorm and the clicking of my keys as I type. I hope to maintain this blog 3-4 times a week, even if the posts are smaller. My goal is for readers to gain insight, not just to the corps member perspective, but of the alums continuing in the battle against educational injustice. For as we all know, the work does not end when your two year commitment is up. Rather, that is when you have a more personal understanding of the incredible challenge we are up against. At that moment, you can tell a lot about a person’s commitment to this battle. Do they walk away, never to talk about the achievement gap again, or do they remain as committed as they were on the eve of their first institute, bright eyed, bushy tailed, and ready to put up a good fight. If you are in the latter category, you are in good company!