If I could create a movie that describes how I feel at this moment, it would be a remake of the 2004 comedy film entitled, “Meet the Fockers,” but this time it goes, “Meet the Jitters.” Last time I checked, I was altogether excited and eager in anticipation for my trip, but now I wish that I am not three days away from my departure! Again, less than three days—and counting! How time flies!
Nonetheless, there is no turning back… All aboard!
The past few days have really been jam-packed. Just a week ago, I and my co-grantee underwent a pre-departure orientation at the Fulbright Commission in the Philippines— the office that administers the Global UGRAD here in the Philippines. We received the important documents such as ticket, passport (attached in it is the DS-2019 form), university transcripts, etc. We were also given instructions on what we should do as we enter the US and begin our study. Of course, more important are the pieces of advice on how we can successfully complete our program and make the most of it. I have to bear in mind the primary reason of going on this scholarship—to become a global scholar. Gee, I really have to live up to the expectations!
A number of emails filled up my inbox recently, mostly coming from my host school, and World Learning—the organization that administers the Global UGRAD in the US. They are working closely with me in order for my travel to go smoothly. With the inches of snow in Chicago and the recent terrorist attempt, I really hope to have a safe and sound arrival with no delays.
At this point, making an inventory list of the things I have to put in my suitcase is what keeping me busy. I want to bring with me a lot; however, it is advised to focus on the things such as clothes and personal items that will make me feel at home in the US. Moreover, I have to make sure that my bags do not go beyond the weight limitations.
“Tic toc tic toc tic toc …,” says the clock as well as the beat of my heart. I think I am ready, but oh, the jitters…
This weekend is going to be fun. I am very lucky to welcome 2010 with my loved ones.
Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!