Happy Fourth of July: It’s Departure Day!
I’m currently writing this at 36,000 feet on my Virgin America flight to Los Angeles. Upon arrival, I’ll have about 5 hours of layover time before the 12 hour and 40 minute journey to Seoul. This morning was a blur: final packing, ripping of DVDs (Cinderella Man, Finding Nemo, and Planet Earth, what?), the ever-suburban neighborhood July 4th parade, and a feast of hot dogs/hamburgers, and one final glass of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA.
Right now, I still can’t believe this is real. When I planned my study abroad to China, I knew I was going almost a year in advance; there was a lot of time to think, reflect, plan, and prepare. Although I applied for my Fulbright in October, I didn’t find out that I was accepted until the end of May/almost June. As I sit on the plan, a lot of the bigger doubts and questions are rising to the top of my head:
As someone who considers himself a bit foreign-language challenged, just how am I going to learn Korean?
What’s it going to be like being so far from friends and family for this long?
These are cliché questions for someone moving abroad, to be sure, they still seem relevant. Yet, it almost seems like these questions aren’t worth stressing about, that they will resolve themselves in due time.
The momentum is here and I’m excited take advantages of the opportunities ahead. See you in Seoul!
Posted on 07/05/2013, in Fulbright South Korea 2013-14 and tagged Asiana Airlines, Departure, ESL, ETA, Fulbright, LAX, packing, Pitzer College, questions, Reflections, Teaching, Travel, Virgin America. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.