I Wish...

Hi there! My name is Jennifer, and I’m 21 years old. I’m originally from California, but I go to a university in Texas. I'm a senior this year, which is both exciting and scary! I've been accepted into Teach for America, so at this point, my plan is to teach elementary school in Tulsa, Oklahoma next year. That is, unless I get the Fulbright grant to teach English to elementary students in South Korea for a year, in which case I'll defer TFA until that is over. Either way, I can't wait to graduate!

I joined this community after seeing it in the LJ spotlight in 2006, and have never regretted it! Over the past few years, I’ve made quite a few new friends, and have had wishes granted that I never thought would come true.

So here is this year's list (in no particular order):
  1. Donate time – This is the third year I'm wishing for this, because I really hope that people will do it. You see, while donating material goods and money is great, and I encourage you to do it, donating time takes more effort and is more fulfilling for all involved. Also, with the economic crisis going on right now, donating time could actually be a more feasible option for many people! So go Christmas caroling at a nursing home. Serve a Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless. Shop around and find the perfect gifts to fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. Stay seated in front of your computer and visit sites like FreeRice or The Literacy Site and its affiliates everyday and spread the word about them to others. Then after you’ve donated your time, come back and let me know what you did and how it went!
  2. LJ paid account/userpics – I’ve never had a paid account, but I’d really love to have one, mainly for more userpics (it’s so hard to choose only 15!) and the ability to edit my comments.
  3. Friends – I could definitely use some more real life friends, but LJ friends are great as well. If we have something or another in common (interests, personality, whatever), do contact me! Just be aware that I’m horrible at responding to letters or e-mails (but I'm trying to be better!).
  4. Anything handmade – Send me something you made just for me! I’m not picky at all; whether it's a scarf, jewelry, a painting, a little knick-knack, or even something digital like an icon or drawing, I appreciate the time and the thought. If you want to make sure I’ll like it before spending time making something, though, just take a look at my interests or comment here and ask!
  5. Currency – Foreign currency, US coins w/different designs, and/or any other unusual coins or bills would all make me very happy. Ask me if I have something before you give it to me, so that if I do have it, you can gift it to someone else who doesn't!
  6. E-Books – I'll be studying abroad in the Netherlands next semester, and I won't have room in my suitcase to bring my library. Last time I studied abroad, I really missed having books in English that I didn't have to pay an arm and a leg for. Thankfully, there are websites like Project Gutenberg! However, e-books that I can't get for free would be wonderful to get. Gift certificates for e-book sites or audio books (since I can still put them onto my computer) are also options. My favorite genres are fantasy and historical fiction, but I'm willing to branch out!
  7. Spanish Speaking Practice – I really, really want to get more fluent at Spanish. Despite the fact that I spent a semester in Spain, I can't speak/write much of the language at all. I'd particularly love it if someone could regularly speak with me on Skype or IM me. If you're working on improving your English, we could even make it a language exchange! However, if you don't have the ability or time to help me one-on-one like that, anything you can give me (books, software, advice) to help me with the language would be great.
  8. Teaching Tips – Whether I do the Fulbright or TFA, I am going to be a teacher for elementary-age students next year. While I am extremely excited about this prospect, I'm also really nervous. Up to this point, I've had no formal training in being a teacher, and while both programs will give me training over the summer, I'm scared it won't be enough. So any books, videos, websites, or advice that you can send me that have to do with teaching will be more than welcome!
  9. Donations to DonorsChoose – I've recently discovered DonorsChoose.org, which allows people to help fund projects for teachers. You can give as little as $1 or as much as thousands to help sponsor the project that appeals to you the most. It is an amazing opportunity for people to help teachers and students, and I plan on using the site to help my students when I begin to teach. For now, I've decided to help teachers who are already in the classroom by giving $20 total to three projects. I'd love to do more, so I'm turning to you for help. Please consider donating through this website, then come back here and tell me which project it was that you sponsored!
  10. Surprise Me – Surprises make me happy!
To contact me, send me an e-mail at faeriequeen06 {at} yahoo {dot} com, and please put "Holiday Wishes 2009" in the subject. Do note that I will only have a stable address until Dec. 16, so if you don't think your mail will arrive before then, it might be best not to send it at all.

Happy holidays, all!
That's a hard question! Maybe Magic Study or Fire Study by Maria Snyder? I have Poison Study as an e-book, and loved that. Or really, anything you think I would like would be awesome. :)
I have one old Belarussian 100 ruble bill! Haha, I brought over about 10 dollars worth of cash in Belarussian money and that is the only one that's left, so you can have it if you'd like!
That would be awesome! Do you want to e-mail me, or should I e-mail you with my address? (Unless you've already e-mailed me; I've gotten an e-mail without an LJ username in it.)
¡Muchísimas gracias!

I actually use FreeTranslation.com a lot, though less so know that I've discovered WordReference.com.

My AIM is Jennifu88, so I'll be adding you soon!
Hello you <3

Do you have any Lithuanian coins? I can send some along with the card I'm sending you anyway if you'd like!

And I've been meaning to donate to Donors Choose for a while now, so I'll be sure to for the holidays.
I don't have any Lithuanian coins, so that would be awesome! :D

By the way, if I want to send you something, what would be the address I would send it to?
Definately send me an email and I can give you links to teaching resource websites. I just finished teacher's college, so I have a collection going, as well as some free resources you can mail away for!

Heya! I'd love to make handmake you something. Can you please email me your address at saku-rose (AT) hotmail (DOT) com with a note of what I promised!
...Wow. Thanks so much! I totally didn't think someone would actually give me paid account time. So thanks again! :D
I have a huge e-book collection (mostly fantasy/sci-fi/horror)... I'm sure I can put a good selection together for you and send them along. Any kinds of fantasy you particularly like/don't like, or authors?
Hi, I'm not sure how helpful this will be, but bookdepository currently have a somewhat random selection of ebooks they're giving away. :)
Hi! I can grant a wish or two, but I would also love a Spanish speaking partner. I was a Spanish minor when I graduated last May, but now I'm teaching abroad in China and I'm the only Spanish speaker in about a million miles. If you end up in Korea, we'd even be in similar time zones (trust me, you come to appreciate it).
At the very least, I'll send a card your way asap, so it arrives in time.
Being Spanish speaking partners would be awesome. Do you have Skype or an IM screenname? (E-mail works, too.)

Thanks! :D