I do believe it's time for another adventure.
I cannot believe I have less than three days until I leave for Cape Town, South Africa. Literally, I don't believe it is actually happening. I still can't even comprehend that fall semester is over, and wait its Christmas Eve?
Here I am, sitting on my bed surrounded by multiple laundry baskets full of clothes, my new suitcase, Christmas wrapping paper and school books. My name is Paige Wetterstrom and it is December 24th 2011, Christmas Eve, and a half hour past midnight. Life has managed to race by this past semester. It feels like just yesterday I was at the first South Africa info session and meeting my fellow classmates who are going on this amazing journey with me. But in reality two days ago I finished my last final of the semester and now I am facing the dilemma of trying to pack.
Everyone has been extremely supportive and excited for me to go on this adventure. All semester long I have been asked "are you excited to go to South Africa" and up until two days ago my response is "yes, but i am repressing my feelings until I am done with this semester otherwise I will get too excited and lose my focus". Well, now the semester is done and i only have three more days to get mentally and literally prepared. I decided to go on this seminar for multiple reasons, which i will share in no particular order. 1) I have always wanted to study abroad, originally the plan was for me to go for a semester and it still saddens me a little that i am not able to, but for multiple reasons it just wasn't going to work out. 2) I am studying accounting at Carlson (U of M's business school) and it is a requirement for all students who are apart of this school to study abroad. 3) I know two people who participated in this global seminar last year and had absolutely amazing experiences. 4) South Africa is one of my top 5 countries I want to visit and finally, 5) the history, present day and future of South Africa is heartbreaking, amazing and hopeful and I am so excited to be able to experience everything South Africa has to offer and teach first hand.
Currently my emotions are all over the place. I am excited. I am excited to see a new country, to help out in a township, to learn and grow from my classmates and teachers, experience Cape Town, learn about South Africa, have new experiences, see the ocean, see the mountains, feel the sun/escape the cold and the list could go on and on. I am nervous. I am nervous for the lack of a break I am getting. This past semester was challenging and my head literally hurts thinking about going back to school and two days after arriving back from SA I will be back in another challenging semester. I am sad. I am sad i will be leaving some very important people in my life behind and wishing they were able to come and experience this opportunity with me. I am sad I wont be able to travel with my family to Arizona over Christmas, which we do every year to visit my grandparents. I am happy. I am so unbelievably happy and thankful that I am able to do this. I have been extremely blessed and I want to make sure i take advantage of every minute I am in Cape Town and remember my experience and most of all learn and grow to become a better person.
So now it is officially one in the morning Christmas Eve. My room is still a mess with parts of all the craziness going on in my life but now my thoughts are more organized on this amazing, unbelievable adventure and once in a life time opportunity that is awaiting for me in less than three short days. Cape Town, South Africa here I come!