Sorry I haven't updated in a while, shame on me. But, In my defense I have been pretty busy. Yesterday I got back From the World Affairs Seminar(WAS). The theme was safe cleaning water so we talked a lot about scarcity of water and how we can help conserve and actually make a difference. Although the 2 hour lectures weren't all that thrilling and I got approximately 10 hours of sleep the whole week, I did come back with my eyes opened to a very serious problem in the world and made SOOO many great memories. I also met some really amazing people and overall it was an awesome week that I wont forget anytime soon. Rotary sponsors the program so 98% of the people there got scholarships to come. There was people from around the world and all parts of the US, my roommate was from California and one of my good friends was from Honduras. By the end we were all saying that although we had only met each other 6 days ago it felt like we had been friends for years. Also a lot of the D62760 outbounds were there so it was fun to spend more time with them. If anyone is interested in going next year, you should talk to your Rotary club because chances are they'll sponsor you. Here's the link to their blog and website: http://www.worldaffairsseminar.org/index.php and http://washappenin2010.blogspot.com/
Now for updates about France. I got an e-mail from my travel agent saying that my Visa application is complete and is ready to send of to the French Consulate, which is a huge relief. My host mom sent me an e-mail talking about my classes ans schedule which was exciting. It was weird though because earlier that same day my school in the US sent me my schedule for next year too( they forced me to sign up for classes "just in case I don't go") and turns out my French school and American school both start on September 1. The contrast was strange because in France I'll be taking classes like Italian, Old Greek, and Latin unlike here where all I take in french4. I am excited now but I think school is going to be very difficult not speaking French. I looked at my calender today and was shocked when I realized I only have 5 more Saturdays when I'll be at my house- all the other weekends I'll be gone. That's crazy, out of the next 57 weeks of my life only 5 will be spent with my family and friends here in Wisconsin. This upcoming week is going to be busy as swell- tomorrow is July fourth, the 6th is my b-day, on the 7th I have to go to Chicago for an interview at the French consulate for my visa, and finally on the 8th I leave for my final outbound orientation in Michigan! This summer is flying by...it's July already??
Oh and I would like to say thank you to all my Friends and family for making this whole thing possible for me.. I love you guys!!
Here's some pics from WAS: Pizza at midnight..:)
Playing Ultimate Frisbee on Campus
a speaker at one of the lectures
Friends in the dorm rooms ( which were REALLY hott btw)
I promise I'll update after Grand Rapids!!
A très bientôt,