It's happening. It's finally happening. In a few hours I will be on my way to Chicago and beyond that, Ithaca, New York. I usually refrain from using colloquial contractions, but now I feel as if the abbreviation is more efficient in expressing my excitement. Everything preceding this day has only been preparation for the real milestone. The real journey begins tomorrow morning.
I know that I will be far too energized to sleep on the plane, and should I end up sitting with a stranger, I hope he has not prepared to sleep during the flight. One of the reasons I joined the Ivy League Connection is to meet new people, and thus improve my socializing skills. A four hour flight may not provide enough time to learn my new companion's entire life's story, but a few hours is more than ample for me to learn a little bit more about the world. There are many interesting characters around, and as I meet more and more people, I hope to be able to freely converse with any stranger on a level that is both comfortable and productive for the both of us.
If meeting new people and learning about the world was my only goal, then I would have ridden the rails for three months, instead of enduring the many trials of the ILC. I needed a way to experience life on new waters, and what better way to prepare myself for college life than spending three rigorous weeks on an Ivy League campus?
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entirety, one representative shall have to suffice.
Ever since I was accepted after the interview, I have devoted many hours of my time preparing- both mentally and physically. Etiquette for formal dinners, how to walk in high heels, and how to speak in public with strangers are just a few of the many topics I have practiced and reviewed in preparation for the East Coast. One of my latest accomplishments is learning how to fold a shirt in under two seconds- because when you're busy trying to decipher Plato's teachings, you can only spend so much time on laundry.
The next three weeks will prove difficult, but I will learn much more about the world and myself, and I gladly accept any and all challenges that wait ahead. New York, here I come.