Sunday, July 6, 2014

Last Blog From Home

I can’t believe I only have a couple more hours until my East-Coast adventure begins! My mom and I were talking about how fast time has flown this summer—it seems like it’s barely been a month since I found out I was being offered a scholarship at the University of Chicago.
My check in luggage all packed
I have to admit, I’m kind of nervous. About the class (such as the reports, and debates we’ll have to do)—will I be ready for the rigorous education UChicago has? Have the previous reports and debates I’ve done equipped me with the tools I need to contribute to thought-provoking discussions?
My carry-on
My dad has a recorder, and he records almost every major event on it. Earlier today, I watched videos from a party about a year ago. To be honest, I was shocked to discover the difference between the ways I acted then and how I act now—I was considerably less mature then. It brought to mind the parents who say they’ve seen their children change after taking an ILC course. I think I, too, will be transformed by the ILC. I wonder what kind of Dani I’ll be watching a month from now (because I have no doubt my dad will want to bring the recorder to the airport when I come home).

Though I’m nervous, I also feel SO excited for this trip!!! I’m excited to meet people who value education as much as I do at UChicago, as well as meet those who have worked hard academically and reached success in their school and job (like the alums, tour guides, and students we’ll meet).
Laptop case, minus the laptop (which I'll get tomorrow)
I’m excited to travel and live away from home, though I’ll miss my friends and family a lot. I think a big part of the reason I’m nervous about the class is because I know that if I do well there, it could change my—and therefore my each member of my family’s—life. It’s also a bit unnerving to be one of only five people who are representing the rest of our district.
Snacks? Check!
However, I don’t believe in coincidences—I believe everything happens for a reason. My being picked was no exception; I’m ready to see where this amazing trip will take me!
Ready to go!

1 comment:

  1. I don’t want to criticize you here but you have a lot to learn about what constitutes a snack. I don;t see a single piece of chocolate here. And what are those cracker thingies? You disappoint me Dani. How are you going to grow up to be big and fat like me if you snack like this?