An Update On My Summer Plans | I Decided Not To Study Abroad This Year

Last week, I heard back from the study abroad office at my school: I didn’t get accepted to the Irish Writing Program. Less than twenty-four hours later, I received a second email saying that they realized they would actually be able to accept a few more applicants, and that I’d gotten in the second time around.

I withdrew from the program, though. Turned in my paperwork yesterday, in fact.

I know this choice might not make a lot of sense to you especially considering how excited I was at the thought of possibly getting into the IWP, but just hear me out, all right? I thought I hadn’t gotten in after all so I went ahead and made plans – plans to take classes over the summer. I’m enrolled in four non-concurrent classes for a total of twelve credit hours, and I’m super excited for all of my courses. And now I kind of want to stick with those plans, that summer schedule.

Also, my parents and I  talked about it and decided that I’d probably benefit more from the IWP if I attended after my second year of college, not my first.

(I say “my second year” and not “my sophomore year” because I’m technically a sophomore already, and will probably be considered a junior this fall. My adviser is confident that I have enough credits to graduate in 2018, a full year earlier than I originally anticipated.)

Sometimes when people my age say “my parents and I decided,” what actually happened was that their parents decided something for them and pressured them into obeying, but that wasn’t the case here. I asked my parents, especially my mom, for their input, but I was the one who mentioned it first and ultimately it was my decision.

I got in this year – albeit during the second round of application judging – so I think I have a decent chance of getting accepted next year, considering that I’ll have two full years of writing classes under my belt by that point instead of just one. I think I’ll be better prepared to produce the level of work that is expected from the IWP participants.

Which leads me to my next point: I have a full year now to work on my writing samples and statement of purpose essay instead of, like, a few months. I plan to write and revise and write and revise and ask a few different friends and/or professors for feedback on all of the writing I turn in as part of my application.

I’m mildly worried that I may not get in next year after all, of course, and that I may be overestimating my chances. If I graduate early, I will end up spending only two summers as a college student, so I only have one more chance. But I think I’ll be OK.

So, yeah. I’m spending this summer in Iowa City, and hope to attend the Irish Writing Program next year as a hopefully more mature and more skilled second-year student.

In the meantime, it’s not as though I’ll be bored. I applied for a waitressing job at a diner – although I worked in a restaurant for three years in high school, I was never a waitress, but I can learn. Some of my friends from school will be spending the summer, although the blogging friend I had hoped to meet up with for a few weeks over the summer won’t be able to come.

I wanna go to Iowa City Pride, and Stephen King will be at one of my favorite bookstores to do a reading and signing, and I want to explore the town more since it’ll be quieter and warmer and with fewer people.

So that’s how I’m going to spend my summer! How about you? What are you doing this summer?!


About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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3 Responses to An Update On My Summer Plans | I Decided Not To Study Abroad This Year

  1. Levi says:

    i hope you get into the programme next year!

    i’m going to italy this summer for a few weeks, but before that i’m performing in a play with my local drama group ❤ though tbh i'm supposed to be looking at universities for a 2017 start -_- i might be starting acting as more of a job though, instead of just a hobby!

  2. Miriam Joy says:

    It means I can’t come and see you in Ireland (Charley and I were planning to make a trip this year which could have coincided) but I hope your summer plans are awesome. I think studying abroad for that length of time might be a little intimidating anyway, so at least this way you get the writing expertise without the stress?

  3. Best of luck with your classes and job this summer!
    I have no idea what I’ll be doing this summer…It’s starting to make me anxious a bit but I’m working on being calm. lol

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