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Teaching, Recruiting, Blogging, and Mastering “The Crab Dance”

Caela Provost
Caela Provost
Caela blogged for i-studentglobal as a student at the University of Limerick in Ireland. After working as a teacher and writer, she's now the North American Representative for University College Cork in New York.

Hello, i-studentglobal readers! My last blog focused on “what happened next” after I graduated from the University of Limerick.

Well, I am happy to report that EVEN MORE has happened since that last blog. I am wicked excited to share my recent adventures with all of you.

Let’s rewind. Last time I mentioned that I had just landed an excellent job teaching at Chatham Day School in New Jersey. I also mentioned that I have continued to write (and get paid to boot) post-graduation: blogs, articles, etc.

Okay, now fast forward, but just a bit. Today I am writing to you as the following:

1) A 4th Grade Assistant Teacher

who continues to grow more proud of my students’ accomplishments every day. They truly are an incredible group of young people. I’m sure they’ll grow up to inspire those around them, just as they have already inspired me.


2) A Master at “The Crab Dance”.

My students decided to make up a dance the other day that they would perform whenever something really great happened in class (i.e.: free reading time, no homework, a good grade, etc.).I can only describe this dance as a cross between the chicken dance and a weird variation of squats, and it is the single, most hilarious thing I’ve had the privilege to witness in a long time. It, among other random events during the school day, can change my mood from frustrated to calm and amused in less than a second and is a reminder to me that, even though I have a serious job, I should never take myself too seriously.

PS: If you ever meet me in person, and ask me to do this crab dance, I will. There is no shame here…also, the crab dance is an oddly excellent workout for your thigh muscles. Just saying.

3) A proud sister.

My brother, Marcus Provost, has just graduated from Johnson State College with his BA in Musical Theatre. His talent, drive, creativity, and passion constantly encourage me to never take my talent for granted and to always share it with others.


4) A recruit for the Chatham Day School Carnival Dunk Tank.

That’s right, on the last day of school, I will be sitting in a dunk tank while my students throw balls at a target with the hope of making me fall into a tank of water multiple times. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this, because, hey, as adults we hardly ever get to act like children anymore. We sometimes forget how awesome it is to just do something silly, laugh, and have fun. For me, this dunk tank is fun incarnate.

5) A Tough Mudder Finisher.

That’s right…I ran, with my team from Chatham Day School, 11.3 miles, conquered 23 obstacles, and finished strong and like a champ! Tough Mudder is such an amazing event that helps to raise funds for The Wounded Warrior Project, and it was incredible being a part of such an exciting event/race!


6) A world traveller and a proud friend.

This past spring, I had the privilege of being present for the wedding of one of my very best friends, Alice (Sissons) Cook, to a really amazing guy, Matthew Cook. The wedding was in Nottingham, England and I made a weekend of it. I had an absolute blast celebrating with the bride, catching up with old friends, and making numerous new ones. I wouldn’t have missed this wedding for the world, and I am so blessed to have had Alice’s friendship since we were in our teens and early twenties and working at Camp Mishannock.


7) The new North American Officer for University College Cork.

So, yes, this is the REALLY big news. This April, I was offered a recruiting, marketing, and travelling position with University College Cork to begin on July 5th with a trip to Cork, Ireland for training. The majority of my time in this position will be split between time at my office on Park Avenue in Manhattan, and time travelling to numerous places to recruit across North America. To say that this opportunity is a dream come true would be an understatement; starting in July, I will get to write, recruit, and travel for an Irish University. It is a job I am passionate about and believe in with all of my being. I am a blessed individual, and I am incandescently happy.

You may be wondering why I didn’t just skip to the big job news part and why I made all of you sit and read for an extra few paragraphs about random life events that are seemingly not all that important. To that, all I have to say is this: in life, it’s all important, and it’s all fleeting. Of course, I can’t even find words to express my happiness at my new job offer, but I also can’t even come close to describing in words how proud I am of my students, my brother, and my friend. Life is all of these moments, and even something as wonderfully foolish as a “Crab Dance” can be life-changing. Essentially, never take anything in your lives for granted; it is only by following this mantra, that I have been able to find true happiness all around me no matter what plans life has held or will hold for me.