A Waiting Game.
Stephanie Morrow, World Traveler…well not yet…it is more like Stephanie Morrow, American Mid-West Traveler; BUT that title is too long so I am going to stick with the first.
I have spent the majority of my life in the mid-west region of the United States, living in a secure Kansas City suburb. Most of my preteen travels included vacations to Colorado and Iowa to visit the grandparents and to partake in many family bonding activities. In my teen years, I began to branch out to the far ends of our country, California and Washington D.C. to name a few, for mission experiences. As college approached, I boldly chose what very few choose to do from my high school and that was to go out of state for Undergraduate school. So, my recent college years have involved bus, plane, and train rides from Chicago to Kansas City and back again; wherever I could find the cheapest deal.
On August 23rd, 2012 I will begin the international chapter in my life and ignite my Fall 2012 semester in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Many inquiring minds have asked, “Why Vietnam?” I just tell them, “Why not!” or if it is a close friend or relative I say sarcastically with confidence, “Because I CAN!” But in reality I was encouraged by a high school teacher (Mr. Gatewood I hope you are reading this) to go ANYWHERE in your undergraduate experience if you get the opportunity. This is my opportunity and I have very few expectations.
I know when my plane takes off and lands. I know what classes I will take. I know where I will be living. I can look at other student photos and imagine the surroundings. I know I will become accustomed to the cockroaches (thanks Anthony for the heads up). But, as I know all of these things I really have no idea how I will feel or react to a drastically different environment and culture. I am anxious and excited and COMPLETELY freaked out.
The game of waiting has begun. It is the slowest game I have ever played.