Sunday, June 24, 2012


Despite multiple consultations with my packing list, I still can’t shake the feeling that I’m forgetting something. Oh yes, I still need to blog…

We are less than 12 hours from our rendezvous at ECHS, where everyone will meet, toting his or her carefully weighed suitcases, multiple IDs, and med cards. The last minute details only serve to call attention to that flutter in the bottom of my stomach, that realization that this is the last time I will be at home for over a month. This shouldn’t be new to me-–after all, I spent 3 weeks at Brown last summer-–but I still get butterflies, good and bad, every time I travel.

Nonetheless, I can’t deny that I’m looking forward to this trip. We are making two stops before our Philadelphia destination: college touring in St. Louis and Chicago. I remember well our college tours from last summer, and I’m eager for another opportunity to speak with admissions officers and get a firsthand feel for these elite schools. As a junior, this could be my last chance to see schools before I start college apps, and I plan to take full advantage of it.

I’ll need to be well rested to stay awake for these wonderful opportunities, so I had better get to bed soon. Although it will be difficult to push away my excitement so that I can sleep, I’ll do my best.

1 comment:

  1. Mariko,

    Butterflies? I saw no butterflies this morning. You looked calm, collected and VERY sleepy when you arrived at ECHS.

    Being an ILC alum I would have thought that this would be old hat to you and you would be one of the stabilizing forces helping to calm the others. No matter what your own thoughts, I’m sticking with that opinion.