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I found out Tuesday that I got the ambassadorship that I applied for, and I am still sort of in shock. Here I am, 40 years old and have never been anywhere, never mind out of the country. I am almost afraid to believe it, what if something happens and I don’t get to go? The ambassadorship covers the entire cost of the trip, including two meals a day so I do not have to come up with any more for the trip other than spending money. They recommend 300.00 – 500.00, but I could scrape by on less if need be. I will still have to save for the trip, because I have to be sure that all of my household bills, and other responsibilities are covered for the three weeks that I will be gone. I will need around 2000.00 to cover all of those expenses. I have approximately five months to come up with that, and I will do whatever it takes to get it. I do not want to miss out on this amazing opportunity.
I cannot believe it, it is so surreal to think about going to England. The biggest city I have ever seen is Knoxville, TN. I can’t even wrap my head around what it will be like to visit London. I am going to get to study Theatre in London. How amazing is that? This is going to be a dream come true for me. I know it is going to change my life in ways that I can’t even begin to understand. I am so excited about taking in all of the history, the architecture, the culture, the people, and the theatre. I will miss my family, and worry about my babies while I am gone. I am so lucky to have a husband who is not only willing to take on all of the responsibilities while I am gone, but actually excited about this opportunity for me to experience a little more of the world. I am also lucky to be attending a college that is so active in International Education, and in promoting all of these amazing opportunities. Mrs. Brown and Dr. Guerin were so support and helpful, if not for them I probably would not have even applied. I am really just kind of without words, still even though it has been a few days it is not sinking in. I don’t know that it will even seem real to me until I am enroute to the airport. Holy cow.. I have never been on a plane before either. So many new experiences are in my future. I am so happy, and grateful.
I will write more about the Ambassadorship, and the TNCIS program in a future post. I am also going to start a travel blog, that I hope update daily while in London.
I love school. I wish that I had gone to college sooner. I hope that every person who wants to attend college will. You can do it. It does not matter your situation, you can go to college. Do not let work, family, or financial situations hinder your quest for an education. There is money available, all sorts of options for classes, traditional classroom, adult study (college express) classes, and online classes to name a few. There are ways to work around work and family obligations and there is plenty of financial aid out there for anyone who wants to go to college. If you do not qualify for Federal Financial Aid through FAFSA, don’t get discouraged there are lots of other options, and plenty of scholarships for every one. There are a lot of scholarships catering specifically to non-traditional adult students.
Going back to school has had a major impact on my life. It has changed the way I think, and the way that I view the world. It has given me more confidence, and reinforced my love of learning. I would be a student for life, if I could.