I'm now down to under 8 weeks before the I leave Colorado. I've been trying not to worry about each little bump and so far things are moving right along. The school has received my check for housing and tuition down payment and as far as they're concerned I'm ready to go, except for my physical of course. Physical? Am I getting an athletic scholarship? Um no but apparently they've had issues with pasty Americans dripping like flies in the heat. Never mind that I did visit Egypt for two weeks in the summer....or that I lived in "rural" Ecuador for the summer last year....I need a physical and the list of conditions to check for is two pages long. Things like lung capacity, heart rate, blood pressure all seem ok to me. But what do scars on my skin or a urinalysis have to do with my schooling? Also, the hearing test is described as "ability to hear from a distance of 20 feet away in a whispered voice" ah...
So pending those results I really am good to go! I did have issues with the airline which was possibly going to cost me $300 or more in airfare but I finally got it worked out. So I leave Colorado on the 18th of August to spend a terrific week viewing my friend Em's mansion in upstate NY. Then I leave for my new home on August 24th and arrive just in time for the dorms to open and the end of Ramadan.. . I've heard things in town will be quite silent during the day as everyone is fasting and they lack caloric energy. My first advising meeting is the 28th and classes start September 5th.
I'm soooooooo ready to go. I'm getting the obligatory question: "are you nervous?" No! I've been preparing myself mentally for this move for two years! I know I'll make cultural gaffs that I'll punish myself for over and over but I also hope that the learning and fun will outweigh my idiocy. I also have the amazing opportunity to start working with refugees in my ethnographic methods class! I can't wait to have a job that makes a difference.....not one that caters to the privileged elite of the world. I'm sorry, but does it really matter if your latte has too much foam while people are being systematically extinguished in places like Sudan and Palestine?
Anyway, I'm postponing shopping for clothing because I hope it will go on sale and I also hope I'll get to go down a few sizes. Regardless it will be kind of fun to get a whole new style of outfit. Most of my shirts are inappropriate lol.
I'm really going to enjoy last summer in Colorado.