Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ahhhh, It's APRIL!

Wow guys,

I can't believe I've made it to APRIL! The time has flown by, but here it is. Let than a month left in Toledo. Can you believe it? I can.

I can tell by the mounting stress and spring fever that the end is near. This week has brought two papers, a presentation, a review session, and the second to last week of classes. Now, on to SPRING BREAK!!!

I can't wait for everything to wrap up. I am so excited to come home and see everyone, but today I also got the sad feeling that I don't have enough time here. There is so much I still want to see and do, and I really only have two weeks left. I am starting to prepared myself to get back into the swing of America. I have been busy picking out classes, trying to finish up the resume and find a summer job. I have been elected New Member Educator for Alpha Xi Delta, and just might be Panhellenic President. Life is going to be good. But life is good now.

I am in a weird place of wanting to move forward and wanting to stay still. I'm ready to move forward, but a little more time to soak this all in wouldnt be too bad...ah, how confusing this all is.

I am trying to take time to look around, trying to remember everything and what I am feeling in this moment. I feel like this experience has begun to change me, but the things I have learned and the ways I have grown will only become more evident once I learn.

One of my favorite quotes is by Nelson Mandela. It says, "There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered." I think that is what coming home will do for me. Sure, things have changed, life has happened, but in general the people and places I left behind still think and act the same. Let's see if I do too.

Enough of this. I have some homework to finish up before jetting off to Italy at 5am tomorrow morning. I am so excited. It will be a completely new country and culture all over again. I can't wait to see it all, and then come home to Toledo for two more weeks of this amazing life.

Love and miss you all. See you soon though!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Angie, the following is from Aunt Jeri who could not seem to log in to post a comment.


    Hi Angie,Sorry for silence – my knee surgery scheduled for April was moved up to Feb. 3 – I’ve been recuperating and am now in PT ..Several points.1. Your Spanish is much better than you realize. Remember you’re with natives – and you carry on conversations with them. There’s no doubt they are most appreciative of your effort and I’d guess you do yourself and school proud.2. Re. activities for Senior year --- look into volunteer work … the need is great among many organizations. You’ll learn how an organization (company) works. It’s also an excellent opportunity to learn much about human beings in general.My knee doesn’t like my sitting on this chair for very long so you’re fortunate this will be brief.I think I mentioned that in a new city, e.g. Rome, take an organized city tour --- you’ll see many of the significant points to which you can return on your own if you wish…..I took several tours – one included the 4 churches “outside the walls.” I particularly liked St. John Lateran. Also, the Italian food is nothing like you find here – it’s scrumptious (even though we’ve some excellent restaurants in this country – little comparison – maybe it’s the water – giggle – isn’t that the standard explanation?). AJ