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Chapter V: So am I in a groove or still on the honeymoon…
Its been a week since I arrived in Georgia. I figure this would be a good time to do a lil reflecting. I wanna keep this post short, but basically I’m in a funk of determining where i’m at. I mean, I know i’m in Athens. What I dont know is where i’m at as far as adjustment and comfort level. My transition here as been way too easy and smooth. I really haven’t hit any major speed bumps that have caused me to regret my decision to do an NSE or make me homesick. I mean, there have been problems, like navigating shuttle routes, but nothing serious at all. Which leads me to believe that I’m still in what they call they “honeymoon” phase. Which scares me that all of a sudden i’m gonna get home from the honeymoon and life here in Athens is gonna suck. But honestly, I dont see how that could really ever happen…its amazing here and its only going to keep getting easier and more comfortable. Right?
Take tonight for example. I met up with two of my buddies I met from my first dinner here. They introduced me to some more people. Then all of us hit up the magic show (which was amazing and hilarious!), then we all went out and got some fro yo. So i’m meeting more people and making more friends to do stuff with. So how could this ever get hard? How could this ever turn into anything but a really long honeymoon?
I think the problem lies in whats dead ahead. And thats breaking this time barrier. I’ve never lived outside of Utah for more than a week. Tomorrow will be more than a week. I dont think it has hit me yet that i’m going to be here for four months. I mean, obviously I know I will be, but it has all felt like summer camp and this new adventure was only temporary. So what happens when I hit my first month here? or more? I dont think it will be a huge problem, but I guess it something to be aware of.
That is going to be the only hard thing to deal with out here, or at least thats what I think. As time goes by, things will get easier such as making more friends, more things to do, but it will also get harder because its longer time that I have been away from my friends, family, and the U. It will also get harder when my friends and family back home start experiencing events that i’m not there for like football season, like Rush, like Crimson Nights, etc. Although more time here means more events here that I can go to and enjoy, big events like college football, and visits from Q and Jeff will help a lot.
I dont know where i’m going with this post, and I think its all over the place because its 12:45am here and I just got done skyping with my friends for the first time, so i’m kind of out of it. So much for keeping it short.
I guess the bottom line is, I’m expecting this great vibe and feeling to wear off, but at the same time I ask, why does it have to wear off? Who says my entire NSE trip can’t all be an overall high? Why can’t I have a 4 month honey moon? I think I can.
I miss being on the same time zone as my friends.
I learned that doing laundry is super easy.