I’m nearing the end of my Peace Corps service, I just have about 10 weeks left, which is insane.
As a way to reflect on my time here in Ukraine, I decided to share some things I learned since I’ve been here—specifically one thing for every week I have been in Ukraine. That’s a grand total of 112 things. I am absolutely certain that I have learned way more things than just 112 over the past two years, but this seems like a good way to start to try to sum up my experiences here.
- Your kids are just as nervous around you as you are around them
- Wait to correct any mistakes until they’re finished speaking
- It doesn’t matter if you run in a parka or in shorts, people will stare
- Run anyway
- Your host mom will know about your run before you get back
- Read as much as you can
- People are still going to stare no matter what you wear or how you do your hair, so do what you want
- Check in with your friends, even if it’s just to be selfish and share your own problems
- But listen to your friends, listen more than you talk
- Try to cook new things and eat them, even if they suck
- Try to share your struggles and failures as much as your successes