[Editor’s Note: This post was written on September 25, 2015. OISE’s MT Program has changed since this post, and Caitlin’s experiences are coming from the old program. The full program schedule is posted here.]
If you have been following my journey since last year, you will know I was travelling and teaching in Southeast Asia for the summer. My plan was to first travel to Thailand, teach at a private institution in South Korea and then travel to Bali before returning home for the start of second year. All Year 1 MT students were instructed to work on their Chapter 3 of their MTRP over the summer and have it completed before school starts. Knowing that I would be in a crunch, I decided to work on it before I left on my trip. 2 weeks before my trip, I managed to produce half of the chapter and decided that was a good start until I reopened it in August. So I saved the document and started packing my bags.
During my first week in Thailand, I decided to open up my email. I received an email from the MT faculty regarding the submission of my Chapter 3. In the email, it detailed that every MT Year 1 student will be responsible to write their third chapter of their MTRP and have it submitted for approval by August 12. Each student would be given a supervisor who would look over their work and would be responsible for approving the drafts submitted. Applying it to my scenario, it meant I could not reopen it when I returned from my travels. It mean’t I had to be working on the rest of my chapter while I continued my journey in Asia.
And wow was that task ever hard. There was many factors playing into the completion of my chapter. Firstly, I didn’t have all my study notes for the chapter with me. I tend to hand write my notes because I am more engaged when I have to write things down. So I had to reread some of my readings. Secondly, I began working at private institution and needed to prepare my lessons. I was under a lot of pressure at work to help my students raise their SAT scores and I virtually had no time to even think about my MTRP during the first month of work. Once I started working on it during my last month of work, before my trip to Bali, I already knew it was no where near close to what I wanted to submit. And if I were to have it unfinished while I was in Bali, I just knew I would not enjoy myself to the fullest. So I decided to buy a plane ticket home, cut my trip to Bali and work on the submission of my third chapter. So back and forth, I played the email game with my supervisor and kept submitting my revised drafts.
On August 10th, I finally received my final approval for my chapter 3! Hooray! August 10th would have also been the day I would have arrived in Toronto from my travels. It was incredibly disappointing to put my travel plans on hold in order to finish my Chapter 3. I know that I am not the only person in the MT program away for the summer and I heard from many people how hard it was to finish.