As I sit here, celebratory ice cream cake melting in my stomach, it seems surreal that in a mere 8 hours I will be on a plane to Shanghai. Well, actually a plane to Detroit, then Atlanta, then Shanghai. Since being accepted into the program, everything has gone rather smoothly in terms of paperwork and formalities. The WhatsApp group chat never ceases to amaze me with the amount of conversation, and I am so excited to begin this adventures in a few short days.
At the same time, moving to China has highlighted what effect the college transition will have on my current life situation. The virtual countdown timer in my mind has not only pushed me to pack my bags, but also to reflect on this major milestone in my life. Even though I simply feel sad that Luka's moist nose will no longer push me to rub his belly every night, I am filled with excitement and joy about what is yet to come. Though I will certainly miss all members of my family and the small-town life Corning has had to offer me, wonder of this new adventure keeps my mind from exploring negative emotions. I am so grateful to have participated in YES Abroad one short year ago because it not only reduces tension over the upcoming 15.5 hour flight, but also serves as a reminder of how fast time passes. As with India, I will try to make the most of every moment and learn from unavoidable mistakes along the way.
With a short post typed out to calm my nerves, I will click post for the last time in my bedroom until Christmas. For now, I'll savor the cuddles with Luka and update the page once I reach DKU!
A final family photo (minus dad) the night of my departure. (Above)
A party? For me? (Below)