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 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.
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!|