That first day that Anna and I met we were 4,000 miles away from each other. Skype is our information pipeline and how we have both learned a lot. Anna, a high school student from Bowling Green, KY, is living just north of London with her family while her father teaches at a local University.
This is Anna’s first time abroad but it is made easier by being with her family. Although I’ve just had lunch at the office, Anna has just finished her school day, choir practice and dance lessons. Sometimes during our tutor lesson in her Victorian bedroom I get to see her hanging blazer and school uniform. Neither Anna nor I are located at the KET Headquarters in Lexington, KY so we figure out the best times and places to Skype for both of us. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying her stories of doing homework on the train from London and adjusting our meeting time one week because Daylight Savings Time happens earlier in the UK. Her Halloween and Thanksgiving were not too far from how she celebrates in the US. At her school there was Trick-or-Treating and all of the Americans, including Anna’s family, contributed towards Thanksgiving resulting in more food than anyone could finish. While Anna is exploring her surroundings, I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to Skype with her twice a week. She has just finished the semester and is traveling in Germany this week. I left her with some recommendations and well wishes before we paused our tutor lessons. The next time we Skype will be Christmas Eve and in the same time zone for the first time.
Congratulations to this brave young girl for all she’s seen and done in the past 6 months and thanks for letting myself and everyone at KET Distance Learning share the experience! We are both already looking forward to next semester.
-Jordan Sangmeister (KET German Tutor)