Blazer, Kohl's | Cowlneck, DKNY | Dress, Forever 21 | Boots, China
Application Decision for Middlebury School in France: Bordeaux
My heart began racing as I thumbed over my phone's latest email notification. The subject line revealed nothing, the email body sent me to my application portal, my application portal directed me to a pdf of my decision letter. By this point, the flood of adrenaline nearly petrified me. I was an introvert before a massive, expectant audience. I was an acrophobic preparing to skydive.
I clicked the link. My anxiety soon became exuberance--I leapt outside of my room, pounded on the door of one of my closest friends, barged right in with the good news, flew right out, and gleefully pranced to the common room.
I'm going to France.
While my study abroad plans are far from complete, it's such a comfort to know that I have the opportunity to immerse myself in a completely unfamiliar situation. To practice the language I've loved since middle school. To encounter diverse, resonant souls. To be excruciatingly uncomfortable, and to learn volumes about myself in the process.
That night, I felt happy and peaceful. As I lay in bed, enveloped in the calm darkness of night, I smiled, closed my eyes, and drifted into the world of dreams.