Hey, everyone. I have BIG NEWS for you: I’ve been selected to study abroad this summer! I spent the past several weeks working on an application for my school’s Irish Writing Program, which is hosted each year in Dublin, and sent it off not too long ago. Well, I heard back already… I couldn’t believe I got my acceptance email so fast!
I actually can’t believe I was even accepted at all. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I applied to the same program last year and was turned down only to be offered a place a few days later since there turned out to be room for more students after all. Ultimately, however, I turned down that opportunity because I felt I wouldn’t be ready for it. Since most of the IWP students are upperclassmen, I thought my writing wouldn’t be up to par, that it would be below the expectations of the professors there.
I’m all for a good challenge, but I wasn’t ready for that challenge last summer. I think so, anyway. I guess we’ll never know for sure, will we? I was operating according to a gut instinct that told me I would be overwhelmed, not merely challenged, there.
All this means that I was SUPER anxious as soon as I sent off my application to the program last month. What if I didn’t get in?! I would feel so, so bad about having wasted the opportunity I was given to attend in 2016. I mean, yes, I could have always applied to study abroad during the summer between my junior and senior year, but I really want to get an internship or two that summer instead.
Soooooo what I am trying to say is that I feel very grateful and relieved right now! I’m so happy that I was chosen – ecstatic, even. I’ve been filling out forms and checking out the syllabi and thinking about what to pack. I suspect it’ll be difficult to fully concentrate on the rest of this semester because I’m so excited about going to Ireland!
Without a doubt, you can expect to see plenty of posts about my study abroad experience!