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Friday, July 30, 2010

So Close!

I have three weeks left in Colorado and I'm getting really excited!  Have to do all the little errands I'm not sure how to do over there:  getting my purse fixed, visit to my asthetician, haircut, purchasing goods only available in the US (livescribe pen), and saying goodbyes!  The closer it gets the more I realize it IS finally happening!  I emailed the professor who shared her beautiful country with her students 2 years ago and informed her of my future trip, she was pretty excited. 
It's still hard to realize that in 3 weeks my life will be infinitely different.  I've really enjoyed my time abroad before but I've never moved anywhere....hopefully I'll love it as much as I think I will.  Some of the advice offered by seasoned students included, "make an effort to get to know the local population."  Um....yea, isn't that why someone would choose a school in a different country?  Apparently a lot of American students were too stressed out by their environment to bother with making "foreign" friends.  Heads up- you're the foreigner.  That's one of the things I'm the most excited about.  The university students we met in Tanta were so hospitable and wonderful, I won't expect less from Cairo students. 
I get to take classes again!! I really do love school and it's been hard without anything motivating my studying. 
3 weeks!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Got a job, afterall

I got a teaching assitantship :)  I'm glad that I will have some income as I just applied for more loans....eech.  The profs I'm working for sound really neat.  I hope I can do good work for them and get amazing grades so I can get a fellowship next more loans lol. 

Suddenly, now that I have a month until I leave Colorado, I don't feel like I'm going to Egypt anymore.  It seems like time is actually moving backwards....I know the time to go will spring on me at the last minute (like everything else I do) and I'll be surprised.  I guess I'm still scared something will that I have my airfare, almost all my vaccines, a place to live, frivolous toys bought, i guess i feel like it cant actually happen.  I've always been good at planning and achieving goals but....Just paranoia that I caught from my friend Tom :)
I've spent so much time focusing on getting to grad school that i now have to switch my focus to my actual thesis.  Hm....
I need to study Arabic too....
And start buying things like converters and shoes...
Ah. Maybe it'll happen after all