It’s been a little over 2 years since I have last written. Unfortunately, time has slipped away from me for various reasons. A lot has happened since 2017. First off, I have been on several trips both internationally and domestically. The first being the Europe trip that I mentioned in one of my previous posts in 2017, but never got the chance to update about it. One of the next posts that I plan on writing will be about the Europe trip for sure.
The domestic trips that I went on last year were to Niagara Falls and to Wildwood beach. I’ve been to Niagara Falls several times since I have family living in that area, but my boyfriend and daughter have never been so I thought it would be nice to take a trip there again for their sake. The beach was also a nice little getaway to enjoy the ocean and the boardwalk. Plus it was nice to have my daughter enjoy the beach, now that she’s old enough to actually enjoy it.
Next important event that happened was that I finally graduated college last fall with a Bachelor’s in German and also a Bachelor’s in Multidisciplinary Studies. It’s been a long couple years in getting my bachelor’s degrees, but it can be done with hard work and determination. Now I am working on my Master’s in Secondary Education. I just finished up with my first semester in my master’s program, so I finally have some time to relax a little until the fall. Now now I finally have some time, I can finally get into the groove again on posting about different languages, cultures, and places around the world. So stay tuned!
Today is my graduation day. Soon I will put on my cap and gown, and walk across the field to receive my high school diploma. It seems like my life is going right by my eyes-my childhood and adolescence. I can recollect all my memories like they all happened yesterday-eating Cheez-its and then running to the mirror to stick my tongue out so I could see the orange mush on my tongue (I know-gross), jumping off the table and pretending that I could fly, playing Pokemon on my Nintendo Color and other games on the Nintendo 64, playing with friends with Polly Pockets and other dolls, moving houses, making new friends, bowling, playing outside on the street, and spending time with my Korean grandmother.
13-14 years of my life since I first started pre-school have past. The time in elementary school seemed to go by slowly. Middle school went by quickly, and I don’t know even know where the time has gone by during high school. It seems like my first day of school was just yesterday. Now I’m graduating.
A chapter in my life is ending, however, this only means that a new one is just beginning. Ein neuer Anfang.
In a few days, some of my relatives from South Korea are coming down to visit. In about 3 weeks, I will be going to Nanjing, China with the CIEE Leadership Academy. There, I will be staying with a Chinese host family. Then in a few months, I will be going to Germany. And I’ll be going to a German high school. How ironic. I graduate from high school, just to go back. I’m not complaining, though. I want to do this. I want to experience what it’s like going to a German high school. I want to experience the German culture and living in a German family.
I look around, and I realize that I’m going to be in the United States only for a couple more months. I will be leaving the familiarity of my community, family, and friends. I won’t be seeing the same sights I’ve been seeing the past how many years. Everything will be foreign to me. I will have to expand my comfort zone. It seems kind of scary at first, but I feel exhilarated at the thought of my upcoming exchange year.
September can not come soon enough. But I’m going to enjoy each day as it comes. Including this one. Time to finally graduate!
Last week, I finally heard back from YFU. I received a letter, and I found out that I am an alternate for the Skylink Travel House scholarship (which is a scholarship to go to a Latin American country for a year). However, I’m only an alternate for that scholarship and not for any of the scholarships to go to Japan for the summer. I found out that the Skylink Travel House scholarship is actually not that popular, which surprises me. I guess it’s just me thinking, “Who wouldn’t want to study abroad in Latin America (or Europe or Asia or anywhere else)?”
I also heard back from CIEE…again…A couple months ago, I came across the CIEE Leadership Academy. This particular program is brand new (not CIEE, CIEE has been operating for quite awhile now). Anyways…I applied for the CIEE Leadership Academy to go to China, and I was offered a partial scholarship of $1575 out of $6300. I was gracious that they even offered me that amount of money, but I ended up declining the offer. Now this happened about a little over a month ago. I recently received a phone call, and they increased their previous offer. I couldn’t say no to that offer! Which means…중국에 갈 거예요! I’m going to China!
Life can not get any better. In less than a month, I’ll be graduating. Then, I’ll be going to China for a month. A few months later, I’ll be going to Germany for a year. Sometimes I wonder to myself…is this really my life?
*Knocks on wood* Don’t want to jinx myself!