Writing this earlierin December, I can’t believe it’s that time of year already! Because of the holiday season, I have had my fair share of homesickness. I’ve heard of the new students that were accepted and will be going abroad next year and can’t believe that it was a year ago that I found out I was going to Japan.
I can remember that day like it was yesterday.
It was a chilly day, my dad, mom and I walked into the school gym where I would be finding my fate out. I was extremely nervous and excited (the first of those times I found out!) My mom kept trying to get me to go talk to the other people there; I was so anxious that I just wanted the program to start.
Finally I went and talked to some people and the time flew by. I said my hellos to the adult Rotarians, and then they made the announcement for all of us to please be seated. As the minutes passed I got more and more anxious, Mr. Bullock recited quotes from past/current exchange students.
Then it was time: All the inbound exchange students were lined up; with the countries they came from in alphabetic order. When they started calling, it went fast … I remember thinking every one of the countries I had chosen as they were called but my name wasn’t called.
Finally all but one of the countries hadn’t been called and it was Japan! My name was the last name called. I waited my turn, less than patient, but that is expected. Who could be patient when the next year of their lives was going to be announced in less than a couple of minutes!?
Well when they finally called my name I just jumped up and tried to control my pace of walking to actual walking. When I finally got to the front so everyone could see me and the inbounds from Japan could congratulate me. I felt like no one could ever top my excitement.