So, you know how it’s said… the wait for the semi-finalist notification felt like an eternity; but, I must correct myself, because the wait for the finalist notification was even more trying. I did not want to get my hopes up. At this point, I had about a 50% chance. If I did not get in, I would still have a wonderful sophomore year with just as much growth potential. But, even then, I knew how important this was for me to go away.
According to last year’s blogs, decisions were sent out on the 11th of April. So when Thursday 4/11 came around, my natural instinct was to hit the refresh button of my email approximately every two seconds. I had running and fitness that day after school, but due to the poor weather, (Thank you Vermont, as a matter of fact I love snow in April) we were inside playing board games. The entire time I tried to grapple in my head with whatever outcome was ahead. My fate was now out of my hands.
Finally I rushed back to find the first technical device in my line of vision and much to my good fortune, it happened to be my own. I proceeded to check my email. I waited for some time. I watched my Facebook notifications accumulate with other applicants’ amazing news. I was more than happy for them but began to lose my assurance. All of a sudden I heard the beauteous ring of incoming mail. Inside my mailbox, it read, “YES abroad program in Oman”
I was speechless, maybe even for the first time in my life, because that is a rare occurrence for me. I went to call my mom too soon, as I heard the phone ring from beneath me. WOW! At first I was in a state of complete shock, maybe even disbelief as I continued to reread the remainder of the letter.
Next year, I will be going to Oman, a new country, new hemisphere, new language and a new culture. I am so excited for this adventure in front of me. Although any experience like this entails the inevitable challenges along the way, I look forward to taking them in stride and growing as much as I can. (Though honestly I really wouldn’t mind growing a few more inches taller as well.) I will try to update you all regularly.