It has been really quiet around here, but things keep developing. The “About Us” page keeps growing and will hopefully be completed by the day of my departure (which is one week before the actual Orientation 😉 ), the 8th of August.
I might be repeating myself for the hundredth time, but time flies by and I am realising this more and more. I was telling everyone how fast everything went one month ago, not realising, that the pace would accelerate even more. Now I’m here. At the point I was afraid of. The departure is one week away, and I have the terrible feeling not to have enough time anymore.
Even if it has not officially started yet, my ASSIST experience has already become extraordinary. Not only filling out those tons of forms, which truly is something looking for its equal, but also the contact with other ASSIST students I have had over the past few weeks. I got in contact with people – let’s say from all over the world – and learned more about other cultures in this short period, than I would have learnt in months (not to mention the very nice contact with my fantastic host family!!).
And the learning is found throughout all situations of my daily life. Regardless whether it concerns the responsibility and pressure filling out the forms or suddenly running across a statue representing the General von Steuben in Potsdam (when we were in Berlin for a few days). (If you wonder in what ways he has something to do with the USA: he was a Prussian-born military officer who served as Inspector General and Major General of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He is credited with being one of the fathers of the Continental Army in teaching them the essentials of military drills, tactics, and disciplines. (from Wikipedia 😉 ) )
As I mentioned before, my parents and I are already leaving for the USA on the 8th of August, spending a little time there (it’s the first time my mother and I will be to the US 😀 ) We will stay in Boston for a week and then my parents will fly back to Europe while I will stay there (that sounds strange, when I phrase it like that 😛 ).
And even though there is nervousness coming up, I couldn’t be more excited and looking forward to next school year (and to meeting everyone at the Orientation Camp)!
“Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count.” (I actually am tempted to count 😉 )