Cliff Gardner

Monday, March 03, 2008

No Regrets!

When I started coaching at Pacific University two years ago, I told my students that I didn't want them to look back on their speech and debate careers with any regrets. That's been my motto as a PCV in Ukraine, and so far I think I've done a good job to live by that. However, as my service starts to wind down (less than a year left), I can't help but feel a sense of urgency about seeing as much of the country as I can before I leave. I have a map of Ukraine on the wall in my apartment with all the cities/towns/villages I've been to colored in red. I got the idea from a friend of mine, Molly DeStafney, who had a similar map up in her apartment before her service ended and she went home, and I remember thinking when I saw her map (towards the end of her service, right about where I am now) that there's no way I'll ever get to that many places in Ukraine. Still, a year later, my map is lit up like a New Year's Tree. I've been to 12 Oblasts, and that number will go up soon. It's weird to think that I've seen way more of Ukraine than all of my students and most of the teachers at my school have, and I've only been here for 17 months. It really makes me want to see all of America, too. My quarantine is going well! I love and miss you all!


  • This might seem random, but I think you should have an official quarantine theme song. Do you have one? If not, would you like me to nominate some?

    By Blogger dave, at 2:18 PM  

  • Please do! No theme song yet, so feel free to toss some out there!

    By Blogger T-Mac, at 4:00 AM  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:49 PM  

  • The end of my service term in AmeriCorps pretty much flew by! I was crazy busy getting as much work as humanly possible done on all the projects I was involved in and I don't regret a single minute of it, so definitely get everything in that you can!

    By Blogger shea, at 12:07 PM  

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