Twenty days until Tampa becomes a distant memory, at least for a few months. Twenty days until I finally meet my cohort members in person. Twenty days until I embark on a new adventure.
This is probably my last post until then. Redoing the college process has been rough and these institutions are giving me a lot to write about. So, since this is my last blog post in Tampa, I thought I’d run through some things so that I can compare how I feel about going abroad before and after the actual experience.
Nervous? Sure. Scared? Somewhat. Eager? Absolutely.
Right off the bat, I know I’ll be missing the food from America. My family calls me the carnivore because, occasionally, I literally cannot eat a meal without there being a meat option available. That’ll most likely have to change in India. I’m not happy about it, but it’s not the end of the world. Besides, I heard there’s a Korean chicken restaurant in Pune. Expect me to be there every other week, at least.
My Hindi is atrocious. In fact, my knowledge of Hindi grammar is non-existent. My communication skills will probably be that of a two-year-old as I’ll most likely just spout words in your direction and hope you understand. They say immersion is the best way to tackle a new language, so I’m hoping that after a few months in India, my communication skills in Hindi will have improved greatly. I will say, however, that facing a totally new language with a separate alphabet is a tough time. Future me, please don’t disappoint.
I’m passionate about learning. I’m passionate about sharing knowledge. My goal is that I stay true to my passions and become the person I’ve always wanted to be. I want to be the teacher I’ve always dreamed of having. I want education to be an experience, where everyone participates and strives to become more intelligent every day. I sincerely hope that even through trying times, I embody the traits of a strong role model and mentor.
Lastly, I want to make sure I keep my blog updated. This is my personal diary. I’m motivated by my own desire to document everything I experience, but nothing motivates me more than knowing that I have an audience to attend to. Eight months is a loooong time, though. I’ll need you guys to keep me in check.
I think that’s it. My travels begin in less than three weeks. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in the kitchen gorging on a piece of ham while I still can.
See you soon.