I have found the residency experience to be a great opportunity to meet people with the same passions. The courses in the program have enabled me to pursue personal interests within the education realm. The ability to design my own program after the core courses is more appealing to me than any program with a set route. This program encompasses the entire idea of what every teacher wants with their students: if a SDGI student is passionate about the subject matter, they are motivated to learn. The experience in SDGI has put me in connection with kindred spirits, lifelong learners, educational activists, and these are just the students. The staff itself is has been a group of the most knowledgeable experienced people in any educational program of which I have been a part of.