Today’s post is the fourth in the Coffee Squawk series, featuring one member of our Thundering Chicken clutch …in an effort to understand: Who are we chickens? Who are we?
Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love. ~John Steinbeck
Thundering Chicken: Jone (pronounced Yo-nay) Gerediaga Astigarraga, Psychology
Roost: Amorebieta, Spain (I mean this is cooler than ice cold, Chickens!!!)
Hatched: Jone already has a Bachelor’s Degree in ‘Social Education’ from a university in Spain…she describes Social Education as a “cross between social work and special education.” In 2012, as part of a university program, she came to the US for a semester of study at Wheeling Jesuit University. She “made friends” and decided to return to the States to keep studying. Lucky for us, Chickens, she chose WVNCC because it’s not a private school…she was in search of a freer community environment (can I get a virtual high-five on that, Chickens?!?!) and she says, the “price is right!”
Jone’s interest in social work and psychology were sparked at the age of 15 when she worked at a summer camp where 90% of the residents were juvenile offenders. She realized then that she “wanted to be a person who helps others by providing emotional support and counseling.”
Just Among Us Chickens: Jone was bullied in high school.(I don’t know about you, Chickens, but I am so over haters…) This led her to seek popularity in all the wrong ways…she said
her teachers called her a “lost case” and her “mother was in tears” when she realized she needed to get ‘back on track.’ And she did! She worked hard, doing whatever it took to recover academically and repair relationships.
All It’s Cracked Up To Be: Jone notices several differences between education in Spain and the US. In Spain “everyone can get a good education…in America education is tied to money.” She notices a difference in educators as well, “Here teachers are…(she puts her hand up to her forehead) there is distance. I like that. In Spain, teachers are more like your friend…you have coffee or see them out partying, you know.”
All That & Some Chicken Wings: Jone speaks 3 languages fluently: Spanish, English and Basque – her native tongue. She loves to travel and has been all over Europe, Tunisia and Peru, where she did volunteer work in an orphanage.
Chicken Feed: Do it. Figure it out. Ask for help. It’s worth it. (Jone is my kind of Chicken!)
Worth Crowing About: “WVNCC in underestimated. There are good teachers…it’s a good education. It is here in the center…I can take the bus. People are accessible…help is…right now…and tutoring…all the support…people will help you…it’s like…they want you to succeed.
And if you want to…you will.”