Thursday, December 24, 2009

Last Christmas in the States?

Tomorrow may quite possibly be my last Christmas in the U.S.A for a two years! :O *Gasp* That's exciting to think about.... Nudge nudge... to any relatives who don't know what to get me, a donation of any amount would be an awesome present (Sorry about the shameless plugging)! Anyhow, I have been informed that I will find out about my acceptance very very shortly! I will keep you posted!
I wish you all a very merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hooray for the Widget O' Wonder

Well, today was a good day before I checked my email... but, it just got better! Back in October, I was having some problems with email with AFS. It was quite confusing. But now, everything is happy again because I got an email today with the instructions on how to get the "Chip In" widget o' wonder onto my blog. Basically, as you can see to the right of this post, there is a little gadget that has a button with Chip In written on it. If you decide you would like to help fund my trip to France, which would be greatly appreciated, then you can click that button, enter the amount you would like to donate, and securely use paypal to help me reach my goal. I chose five thousand as a goal because that would help immensely with the application price. However, don't feel obligated to pay an insane amount of money. Any amount would help me out and I sincerely thank anybody that decides to donate any sum of money!
In fact, here are some examples of how many people it will take to reach five thousand dollars if each gives:

$1.00-5000 people
$2.50-2000 people
$5.00-1000 people
$10.00-500 People
$15.00-333(.3?) people
$20.00-250 people
$30.00-166 people

And so on. So you see, any amount makes it easier for me to reach my goal. Thank you all so much for helping!


Friday, December 11, 2009


I feel like what happened in my French class on Wednesday is noteworthy news. Well, first of all, the question of the day just happened to be "Can you imagine studying abroad? Do you like that idea?" (In French, of course....) I thought it was an awesome coincidence, that my French teacher was just curious if anybody else in my class had put any thought into it. However, she didn't put that in just for fun, because later she said that the visitor we had been expecting was waiting to be sent up to the classroom. I was kind of in a daze on Monday, so I didn't exactly hear who the visitor was, and I was excited. But nothing could surpass the awesomeness of seeing an AFS volunteer walk in the door. It was amazing! He first explained what AFS was, introduced himself as Grant Ziolkowski and told us of his year in Spain when he was a senior. I had some troubles forcing down the extreme joy. At the end I went up to him with my French teacher and we talked and I thanked him. It ended up being one of those unexpected happy things that just make your day brighter. However, it wasn't just an awesome way to start the day. If I get that excited when a single AFS volunteer is in the room, I know that I am ready to make this gigantic step in my life. I can't wait!