Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Decision Reached.

DECISION REACHED. I love seeing those words on the TAMU study abroad website. It's final...in every direction. Program approved, school approved, flights are scheduled. I cannot wait to get out of this sleepy town and be on my own. Completely on my own. I leave January 9th for Amsterdam then get into Dublin on the 12th. It's going to be nuts.

I have absolutely the most amazing parents in the world. They have supported me throughout this entire process and I wouldn't have been able to do it without them. They have sacrificed more than I can ever repay. I hope they know (I'm sure they do) this is a very sound investment. If only I had a working digital camera... hint, hint.

I'm leaving my comfortable, slow paced, college town in less than a month. Life is about to begin. Another chapter is starting and I'm more than excited to embrace it. In no way, shape, or form am I ready for this experience, but that's what I love the most about it. I have absolutely no idea what to expect, except for the cold weather and rain of course. I'm not sure I'm even ready for Irish lager.

My nerves and emotions have been on edge since I decided to make this trip and now it's actually within reach. I am a hot mess but this thing is happening ready or not!

STATUS: COMMITTED.

Monday, November 2, 2009

If I don't have big dreams, I won't do big things.

Well. I must say, getting here was quite a challenge. There are so many steps and rules to follow that too often along the way I thought it wouldn't be worth it. I finally got word about NUI Galway, and I wasn't accepted. I was crushed...all the hard work put into studying abroad was out the window. What to do? I'd have to live in College Station alone all next semester instead of Ireland. Pfh.

Thanks Paige Clark for giving me good news. This whole debacle was indeed worth all the time, tears, excitement, and fears (is that lame?). I've been accepted to the University of Limerick and I'm leaving this bubble of a town. I can't wait to be there! Even though there will be some things I'll miss, I know it will all be waiting for me when I get back home. Family, boyfriend, best friend, Texas... none of it is going anywhere. Hopefully. This is exactly what I need. Spread my wings and sow my wild oats, as dad says.

I need to get stoked & not be scared. I'm about to live in another country for 4 months. This is something I've wanted since I was young and now i'm about to do it! I'm taking the steps to follow my dreams. Well that's just it. If I don't have big dreams then I won't do big things. Here's to big dreams!

Dad, I'm going to Ireland for a semester...

I have always loved to travel. Spending three weeks in a country was never long enough for me. I love meeting new people, eating new foods, trying helplessly to learn a new language, make relationships with other kids just like myself, and helping others.

From a pretty young age I have always wanted to see new things and experience life as I never have. When a group of my friends went to California for a wakeboarding competition and I was left here, I had this crazy urge to start researching studying abroad and mission trips. My first thought was to only go for a summer or a few weeks. Then I wondered, "Why settle for such a short time?" I started looking at different countries and the different opportunities which was very overwhelming. There is so much to see!

When I finally landed on Ireland, I called my parents. This could be the deal breaker. I called my dad first since he himself has a love for traveling. I said, "Dad, I think I'm going to spend a semester in Ireland." He responded, "As long as I get to visit you!" Even though the process was somewhat overwhelming, it will be soon forgotten when I step foot off that plane in my new home in Limerick.

Although I'm excited to experience school in another country, I'm even more excited to delve into a completely new community. I cannot wait to make new friendships and soak up life away from the United States. I will never take this opportunity for granted. I will come back being the biggest study abroad promoter. This will give me the chance to face my fears, make some new ones, grow in ways that I never knew I could, and love on people whom I might otherwise never know.