The culminating celebration of our great success in 2018 was a community-based Mexican Posada on December 16th, 2017.
Traditionally, Las Posadas are a 9-day celebration leading up to Christmas that commemorate the Mary and Joseph's pilgrimage to Bethlehem. Why is this relevant to the Community Spanish Program? This community-based celebration is an opportunity for friends, neighbors, and even strangers to come together to celebrate the season through songs, games, and food. In essence, this is a celebration of community!
As we bring 2017 to a close, I am thankful for the community we have built together through our Spanish classes and outings. We have opened ourselves to others when we practice communicating in Spanish, a somewhat daunting and stressful feat. Further, we have made new friends in our excursions to the San Diego Art Museum, Living Coast Discovery Center, Día de los Muertos Festival, and various restaurants. Las Posadas are relevant to the Community Spanish Program because one of our founding principles is community. Above all else, we aim to bring people together in the learning of Spanish:
As I work toward developing the perseverance and drive to achieve my goals, I am reading Grit by Angela Duckworth. My biggest learning so far has been the importance of identifying and defining my inner compass, "...the thing that takes you some time to build, tinnier with, and finally get right, and then that guides you on your long and winding road to where, ultimately, you want to be" (p. 60). I use this compass to set goals, plan my daily actions, and reflect.