It had been what seems like forever since I have written my first blog post and part of that is because I am lazy and forget to write a post but mostly, I have been extremely busy in the past month! There is so much to go through and I probably won't hit all the points, but I will try to breeze over them without making it seem confusing or hectic.
First, I found out that I would be staying in New Delhi! Not only that but today I also found out that I will be attending Amity International School Gurgaon, sec-46. This school is located right outside of New Delhi and I cannot wait to see how I grow and learn there as well as meet new people who have completely different backgrounds than me. I have not heard about my host family yet, but that should come within the next few weeks (LESS than a month before I head to DC!).
Also, I went to a travel clinic at Cornell Health which took a while to drive to, but good news for me there, I only needed one oral vaccine for Typhoid. The rest was relatively low risk and/or manageable with prescription medication I was prescribed to take abroad with me like Malaria or "Delhi Belly".
I also got to go to a regional orientation because India's implementing organization is AFS. This was really fun and I got to meet a lot of really nice people who were either going abroad this coming year or who were here on exchange in the US. Unfortunately, there were no other YES kids there besides one that was being hosted in the US. I did get to meet a girl online who got a YES scholarship and lives about an hour and a half from me but her implementing organization is not AFS so she did not go to the orientation.
So far there are 5 people going to India, 4 of which are in a group chat and we are trying to find someone we heard of on the India specific webinar/conference call. His name is Alex. If you see this by any chance please contact me! The others are McKenna, Olivia, and Colin and I will try to link their blogs somewhere on this website though I am not very good at making things work on here yet!
Hi! My name is Anna McKane. I am 16 years old and have had a pretty ordinary life up to this point. I believe this experience will change me for the better and I will try everything I can while I am abroad.