ONE MONTH IN TO HINDI!
Aside from a few days of illness (hurray for Delhi Belly!) I have spent almost 50 hours over the last 3 weeks in Hindi Classes. Monday - Friday 4 hours a day in school and 4 hours doing homework and studying. I have completely immersed myself, changing my phone into devanagari script and using duo-lingo and Rosetta stone on the weekends!
I am so happy to say I am finally able to form sentences on my own. I am even able to read and write in Hindi now. Although no where near where I need to be before the start of my research, this November, I am beyond thankful for what I have been able to accomplish so far. I have never thought of myself as a particularly language savvy person but somehow I am able to get a grasp of this very complex language. Even my instructor is impressed with how I have been able to pick up and accept new concepts that many times are counterintuitive to English concepts.
I feel like each day I push myself out of my comfort zone I discover new strength and ability. The confidence with which I can embrace all that I have faced and will face is rooted in my faith. I know God has a plan for me and when I am on the path he planned I know he will let it be known to me. I feel this ability to take on Hindi is another outstretched hand telling me this is indeed the way. This past year I have faced tumultuous times and difficult decisions, but putting my faith in 'my path' has brought me the peace I need to continue to pursue my mission to impact children and their families here in India and hopefully the world!
My name is Maggie, but my family and friends have been calling me Dr.Mags since I started putting bandaids on my teddy bear. Now as a 25 year old, I have just received my BSN license from North Carolina. Nursing fulfills the passion I have felt for medicine and providing care to others. I began working alongside children with disabilities in high school with Rainbow Express Ministries and realized the complicated journeys many of these children and their families have to navigate that is unlike that of other acute illness. When I moved to India in 2015, I saw this same complicated health care process and the added complication of resource and knowledge deficiency surrounding disability. I am now following my heart as it guides me back to India to live and work to facilitate and advocate for early intervention services for children with special healthcare needs.