Nervous all day, I fled work as soon as my shift ended despite the fact that I could have pulled some overtime, easy. Got home, grabbed my books from the Jeep (brought to work in case I somehow hadn't had time to run home before class), my husband warmed me up some dinner and then I got ready again - this time for school.
Leaving about an hour early, I had knots in my stomach the whole way. Yes, I knew the way, but before Monday I had never driven the whole way alone. I was so scared I was going to miss my turn. I didn't. I arrived at school fine - found the administration parking lot just fine : - ) found the next parking lot and found what at the time seemed to be the very last parking spot in the back corner. Managed to find the room without asking anyone, half a dozen students or so waiting outside, although the room was open (door closed though, guess everyone was intimidated). Wow, did I feel old, that group was so young!
The teacher is this lady from Moscow, not young, but not old. The class is very diversified, really young students, to students older than me ( just turned 31). It's a very full class. She had about 35 on the roster and then another half a dozen or so on the waiting list, and then several more looking to add, who weren't on the waiting list! She added them all! I found this...interesting. Sure, a full class is cool, but the room is tiny (and I'm not joking) and the chairs are the high school ones - teenager small with tiny little desk attached. I can sit in the desk okay, but when I turned around to talk with my class partner, I couldn't move.
Many in the class was more advanced that I would have expected, knowing "hello," "my name is," and more, although most of them didn't know the Cyrillic alphabet. The teacher only introduced about half a dozen letters or so that we're supposed to be practicing between yesterday and tomorrow. One of them is the Russian "o" which gives me no end of trouble. It's an "o" if it's stressed, otherwise it's an "a" unless they decide differently and just don't tell you. Love it.
What did I learn? #1: Definitely need to arrive early - and even if the door is closed, go in and get a seat! Do not want to be crowded into a bad seat. #2: Participate in class, however painful it might seem. That's going to be hard - I learn by absorbing and then practicing with maybe a few close friends, not in front of 40 people. We'll see how that goes. #3: Do my homework. That one shouldn't be too tough. I hope. No other classes, no other after school activities, unless you count my poetry page, my Wheel of Time Re-Read and my Second Chance or Second blog.
Next class - Wednesday. I think I'm looking forward to it? We'll find out.