It’s been a while since my last post. Despite my best intentions to try to post once a month, life has been…well, life. There are some exciting developments to discuss, which I’ll get to at the end (finally ok with posting about them), but first, I’ve managed to knock 2 things off of my 30 before 30 list. The first one I did on my birthday. A friend from work helped to organize a group to go to one of the Escape Rooms in town. After sushi for dinner, we all went over to the Escape Room to see if we could beat it. It was a Monday evening, so I was pretty tired by the time we got to the room, but it was fun. I’m looking forward to trying another one sometime.
The second thing I can cross off my list is snowboarding. I’ve now been not once, but twice. Neither were particularly impressive, but they were both successful in that I didn’t break anything in the process.
Both times I went with my friend, Kaitlyn, from work. She’s been snowboarding since she was a kid and has been a excellent teacher. We ended up accidentally taking the lift all the way to the top of the mountain during my first trip which resulted in me hiking down the mountain with my snowboard in hand. I was up there for about an hour, trying my best, but eventually my ankle called it quits and I had to trek back down. Despite that, I still had a great time. On our second trip, we found the little learning area at the base of the mountain which has a free magic carpet. I spent a lot more time on my butt during the second trip because I was actually trying to turn and not just go in a straight line, gaining speed until I freaked out and bailed.
Now that that’s out of the way and we’re past what the Facebook preview will show, here’s the really big stuff. The reason I even have time and energy to write a post is that I’m currently sitting in a hotel room in DC. I think the last time I was here I was 14 and came on a camp trip. I don’t know why, but I was actually a little nervous about getting to my hotel room. I’ve traveled to plenty of other cities in Japan, but the this is really my first solo trip in the States. I’ve gone from point A to B by myself plenty of times in the US, but there has always been someone I knew waiting on the other end. I grabbed a Lyft from the airport and couldn’t help taking a few touristy photos on the ride.
However, I’m not really here to sightsee. I’m here to attend an Admitted Students’ Day at American University. I’ll be attending American University starting this fall to get my Master’s Degree in International Training and Education. I was accepted to two other universities, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and Lesley University. Both have great programs, but after receiving my Lesley acceptance letter I started to second-guess my decision and applied to American on whim. I never thought I would be accepted. I am thrilled to be attending and I think that American will provide me with both the education as well as the networking opportunities that will help me succeed in my future career. If nothing else, I’ve never lived in DC before and why not check off another thing from my pre-30 bucket list?
I recieved my acceptance letter in January and have been freaking out ever since about the prospect of moving to DC. This move definitely scares me more than moving to Japan. When I moved to Japan I had a job and an apartment already lined up. I have purpose line up, for sure, but this feels like one of the most adult steps I have made so far. There has been some extra stress because I can’t announce my plans at work and work is where most of my friends in this state are. A lot of them do know already, but I try to keep the news kind of quiet because I don’t anyone at work to think I’m not giving it my all.
So, that’s the big news I’ve been alluding to for a while. I GOT INTO NOT ONE, BUT THREE GRAD SCHOOLS. I knew one school would want me, for sure, but I never expected to get into all three. I’m so excited to start the next phase.
On a totally unrelated note, if anyone has heard of any 100% legitimate get rich quick schemes. Let me know. I’m asking for a friend.
Until next time…