As I sit at my desk and type up this blog post, I’m starting to realize that this is it. Tomorrow morning, I will be stepping on a plane to DC and leaving my life as I know it for nine months. Nine months isn’t a long time in the grand scheme of things, but when I’m abroad, I’m sure it will feel like a split second at times, and at other times, an eternity.
In the past week, I packed up my suitcases (this took forever), said goodbyes to dear friends, received information about my Arabic Oral Proficiency level and my host family (more on this next week, inchallah)! I also wrapped up my summer project: Your Future, Their Future. The purpose of the project was to mentor high school students with college applications, and then donate all proceeds towards GirlForward. In all, we raised $1,140 for GirlForward!! Although I wasn’t able to be an active member in the GirlForward community this summer, I’m glad I could support the organization in a small way. ❤
This post is an extremely brief update– likely the shortest post I have written to date. I’m incredibly excited to meet my cohort and begin my journey with Pre Departure Orientation in DC tomorrow, and I plan to blog about that soon! For the rest of the year, I hope to provide bimonthly updates (at least), but we’ll see! A big personal goal I have for this coming year is BALANCE, so although I hope to learn as much Arabic as possible and fully immerse myself in Moroccan culture to the best of my ability, I also want to work on prioritizing health and self care, listening to myself (and being kind to myself), and working on stress management while abroad. So with that, I hope to use blogging as an outlet to express my emotions and experiences, but I might not have a strict schedule because I don’t want it to ever feel like a chore!