And I’m back in Chicago! I have been for a couple of weeks now but I’m still getting readjusted it feels like. The Polyglot Gathering in Berlin was everything I needed it to be and more. The last few days were spent wondering how I could put off leaving. And honestly, it was one of the hardest things I ever had to do
to turn around and walk away pretending I don’t love you.
Alright so first thing’s first, I failed spectacularly for the month of April.
Between work and more work and a little work on the top I was just totally exhausted and not at all able to keep up with my goals. I did manage to get 90+ on one of my homework assignments for Korean class, though. I scored some delicious coffee that I can’t even drink because I don’t have a coffee maker right now. Double fail. Fail and a half? My goals were also kind of ridamndiculously ambitious. I already knew this but I was really hoping I’d be able to at least get close. This month I’m scaling back.
If there’s one thing Polyglots are great at doing (besides being willing to tackle any language know to man), it’s forming a strong sense of community. I had the privilege of attending the Polyglot Conference in New York City last October and I can say that it was easily one of the best weekends of my life. I’m not, by nature, a super social person. My anxiety ramps up even more when speaking my L2 comes into play. But for the first time I was surrounded by people who were just like me. They had the same kinds of goals and ambitions, and they had the same passion for language. To be honest, it was surreal at first. For the longest time, I thought I was just some kind of freak of nature.