Saturday, January 19, 2013

the final countdown

This is it. I leave for South Africa tomorrow and this will be my last post in the U.S.! It's so crazy how much time flies...I remember looking at the AIFS Stellenbosch program in August, thinking about how amazing an opportunity like this would be, and here I am! I'm excited but nervous, and I'm also very scared. This whole experience will be life-changing but I'm ready for it.

I am so thankful that I have the chance to study abroad and that my home university and soccer program encourage students to travel as undergrads. I'm also very lucky to have such supportive people in my life who are happy that I have this opportunity as well - friends, faculty members, peers. All so great. Lastly, I'm so so so grateful to have parents who have sacrificed a lot for me to go to SA and believe that this trip will help me grow as a student and young adult. They're the best.

And even though I try to put up a front and act like nothing gets to me, I'm almost 100% positive that I'll be an emotional wreck saying goodbye to my parents tomorrow. And if it doesn't happen then, it'll probably happen at some point on my 20+ hour flight.

One of my resolutions for 2013 is to control what I can and realize that I do have control over a lot of things in my life, one of them being my attitude and how I react to certain situations. South Africa will truly test that. There will be things that I may not like or find comfortable, but it's all part of the experience that I'm incredibly lucky to have.

Our AIFS Resident Director, Hestea (or MamaH), sent our group a final e-mail with a really great quote by Proust:

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes."

'Til next time,

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