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Thursday, May 13, 2010

I've got a plan!

I shouldn't be surprised anymore when wonderful blessings are sent my way just when I need them. I cannot question if God hears our thoughts and prayers. He knows each of us so very well. Here is my most recent example of this.

For quite some time now I have been contemplating learning American Sign Language. I really didn't know where to start. I have put some serious thought about going to college and becoming an interpreter. I really find it a beautiful and intriguing language. I have a few reasons for NOT pursuing it lately. One of course is that Bryan will be finishing his schooling this fall which will cause us to have to move from Phoenix. . .so why enroll at a school here. Another concern of mine of course is the expense of school even though I KNOW it's worth having the education. So all of this has been on my mind lately. A few days ago as I searched for tutorial videos on YOUTUBE I came across many videos that were bits and pieces, but nothing very complete. I honestly do not know how I came across a particular website link.

I found a website link called American Sign Language University. It is a college language credit online course. The best thing is. . . .the professor that created it offers the entire online course FREE. The option to have the credits count as *continuing education credits is available for a fee. What a blessing for me! I can learn at my own pace for free. This will be a great jumping off point for me to learn some basics and even some advanced sign to help prepare me for when I enroll at a school. It gives me something to work on, to learn and to reach goals I have set for myself.

I am the type of personality that likes to have my hand in several projects/interests at a time. This is perfect because it won't interfere with any of my improv/acting stuff right now and offers me something to do with all my free time as well!

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2 comments:

Nancy said...

That is wonderful, Jamie! What a great way to start pursuing a new goal. I am so excited for you. Keep us posted as to how it goes!

Love you! Nancy

Amy said...

That is awesome and a definite sign from above!!!! Good luck! :)

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