Tonight I am all packed and ready to go. I meet my Britain group at the airport at 10 AM tomorrow, and our flight to Chicago takes off at noon. From Chicago we fly to Manchester, and from Manchester we bus to York. I’ve got one suitcase, a backpack, and my laptop. I’ll double-check everything before I go to bed tonight. Pray I sleep well. I know tomorrow will be a long day.
In the spring of 2009 I set out to apply for the Calvin College Semester in Britain program. It was the end of my sophomore year, and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to fit it in. I had already taken many courses toward my major and minor–which I had not yet declared at that point, being an Interdisciplinary Major. But I worked away at configuring schedules and course that would allow me to go in the spring of my junior year. I also finalized my major, declaring it this past fall. (You have to say “phew!” at the end of this one: Interdisciplinary Major in Studio Art and Information Systems with a Writing Minor). I took one summer class and worked in the Digital Studio all summer, saving time and money. And now the time I leave is less than 15 hours away.
I’ve enjoyed my interim (Writing for Children). It was the best interim at Calvin I’ve ever taken with two of the best Calvin profs, but now it’s time for an adventure. I’m nervous, happy, sad, excited, not sure, confident–all of the above–at the moment. I don’t know if it will all set in, at least not for a while. I predict that by the time I get used to England, it will be the time we have to leave again. But all this is worth it.
Of course, I’ll miss my family and friends the most. Thanks for all your love and support! But we’ll keep in touch. The Internet is one of the greatest things to ever happen to the world. I have a feeling that I’ll like British food, and that it’s not as bad as many say it is. But here’s to the next four months! Now onto a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Onto, perhaps, the most important semester of my life… Check back soon. I’ll write here as soon as I can after I arrive.
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