Monday, March 1, 2010

Here we go...

I guess this is the first post for the ILC Columbia 2010 blog? I'm pretty excited that we have a blog since I am a “blogger” and it’s pretty neat to look back at posts and reflect on things that have happened.

For months I've been planning my summer according to the Columbia Summer School Schedule even though I just got accepted into the program about a week ago. And I must say, I think I’m finally getting excited for Columbia. I mean, I’ve never traveled so far from home and I’ll be completely independent in a huge city. Will I get lost? Probably all the time. Will I use a lot of money? Sure! But none of that really matters.

What matters is the experiences I'll have. I get to be around a great group of people (Beulah, Yueming, Winston, Michael and Jamie) in New York! We’ll get to visit some of the top colleges in the world. We will be taught and mentored by some of the best professors in a challenging course where we won't only learn from the class but from our surroundings.

I really want to go “all out” and experience everything in New York. I want to check out Broadway, Madison Square Garden, Union Square and Ground Zero. I want to shop and meet beautiful people. I want to go to the beach and hear different accents. Doesn't that sound perfect?

But I must admit, I am a little nervous. I have no idea what will happen and what it'll be like. I’m afraid I’ll miss my family, friends and my adorable dog. I'm scared for the possibilities but excited at the same time...

Well, we’ll have to just wait and see, won’t we?

On a side note:
All of this dreaming (and by summer, the dream come true) is thanks to Charles Ramsey, Madeleine Kronenberg, Don Gosney and the rest of the ILC advisors, supporters and sponsors. I am so grateful to receive this amazing opportunity to experience Columbia and New York without having to use a dime along with the opportunity to prove to myself my strengths and self-worth. It is truly remarkable.

1 comment:

  1. Michelle,

    What a great way to start the Columbian blog! The way you describe New York City you almost make me want to pay it a visit--almost.

    Nonetheless, I'll have to experience the wonders of The Big Apple through the posts you'll all be writing. I expect to be able to embrace all that you're seeing, feeling and experiencing without having to leave the pleasures of my own home. I'm not the world traveler like many of you all are but I've been away from home enough to know and appreciate that there's nothing like your own bed to feel like you're at home.