During my sophomore year in high I took a leap (a really big one) and applied to go abroad for my Junior year (like the whole year). I applied and after a very long and thorough process I got in.
-I had to do a primary interview
-Then an application, which required essays and recommendations
-Then a 3-day meeting which had 3 interviews and activities with other applicants and the current inbound exchange students.
-Picking a country: 1. Argentina, 2. Ecuador, 3. Spain (probably one of the hardest parts, It just felt weird that I just had to circle a word and BOOM, I have to live there for the next year.)
-Receiving the awaited and important call saying you get accepted and which country I am going to
-Filling out another application, like one much harder to send to your host county (they have to accept you too.)
-Going to the mountains for a weekend with all the future out-bounders and giving presentations (I had to make a presentation about my country and myself in English and in Spanish) also listening and learning how to be an exchange student and all the logistics of going abroad and a lot of paperwork) I also got my blazer, business cards and pins!
-Then completing all the requirements to travel doctors visits, bank visits, fingerprints, and tons of paperwork.
-Hearing from your host family and learning a little bit about where you are going to stay (this was hard because my town was super small so I tried looking it up and trying to find maps of it but I could’t, I was just so eager)
-Traveling to Houston to get my Visa (Yes, I was mandated to.)
-Finally, getting everything and booking my flight
-My last days were filled with goodbyes and hanging out with my friends and family!
Now, this my seem like it was smooth process but there were many bumps in the road. However, I didn’t book my flight until that Friday and I was leaving Monday.
Throughout this whole process the HARDEST PART was waiting. It was horrible all the work I put into everything, and then waiting to hear back, if it is good or not. From September till August was just me refreshing my email every two minutes checking my status everyday. Some days I would get so frustrated because I was just so eager to leave. It was hard when everyone was asking questions, because though out most of the time I didn’t know anything, I had no idea when I was going to leave and I only knew the name of the city I was going to.
However, It was all worth it and I actually gave me patience.
Anyways, I AM GOING TO San Antonio Oeste, Rio Negro, ARGENTINA!
I am feeling all of the emotions:sad, scared, happy ,nervous, excited.
I leave Monday the 24th of August, at 4:30 pm on American Airlines, it will be a 15 hour trip from Denver to Dallas to Buenos Aires.