So today is a great day, I have finally found a mentor to help me with ASL this year. It took a long time but I did it.
As to date I have been in contact with 4 different organizations and sent out dozens of emails with either no reply or people saying they can’t commit for whatever reason. So over the break I did a lot of work to find a mentor before I left for vacation. I ended up getting in contact with a girl named Laura Ceron that went to my middle school. Her older sister Andrea, who studied ASL throughout high school and university, is going to be mentoring me this year. She’s super nice and should be able to provide me with tons of material and support. With her being so young we have a lot more in common I feel and I think it will make it super easy for us to work together. We have been talking and should I am trying to meet next Wednesday because I am super busy this weekend. With players billeting at my house from Saturday to Wednesday morning I won’t be able to meet until that afternoon.
I’m super excited about this, even though it’s super late to have found a mentor at least I have one and I can continue to move forward with what I have. The other thing about finding her so late is that I’ve had a lot of time to learn the basics on my own, so when we do meet we can go over more complicated ASL skills which is something I really want to do. Other than just practicing with my mentor, and as I have said before, there are tons of resources to help my learning. I’ve been using the ASL app which has been super useful and because it’s on my phone I can practice wherever and whenever I have free time. I’m super excited that my ASL classes start in two weeks at Pinetree Community Center. The books and CD’s I found in my mom’s old collection, despite being super old, have been helpful too. Although when I watch the CD’s I usually end up laughing at the way people dressed 15 years ago. The ASL dictionary, like any dictionary, is a bit dry but is super useful for explaining how signs that look very similar mean different things.