A lot has changed since my last post.
One thing: I'm now nineteen. It's weird to say. When I was younger, I would think about being old, and the oldest I could imagine being was eighteen. And now I'm nineteen. I know what my goals were when I was younger for eighteen (not that I have achieved any of them) but I have none for nineteen. My birthday weekend was extremely excellent. It was my first birthday away from home, so I was afraid the homesick blues would being to play. But, I had an amazing time. Saturday night I had a baked potato bar party. Our little community here baked over 40 potatoes, played games, and watched my favorite movie. It was a really nice night- probably the best birthday party I've ever had, actually. (Not to hurt the feelings of anyone back home.) Of course it would have been better to be surrounded by the people I love the most, but it was enough to be surrounded by people that I am beginning to love.
The second thing: I now know what I'm going to be doing for the next year of my life. For the past few years, my future has been a little sketchy. Strangely enough, I've been okay with that fact. I applied to several different programs and opportunities. When I came to Arkansas I knew what I would be doing for the next three months. Tonight I came back from grocery shopping (thanks Aunt Judy for the birthday money, it came in handy for some necessities today!) and found an extremely exciting e-mail. One of the programs I applied to, City Year, accepted me. Bottom Line: I'll be living in New York City next year! It will definitely be a lot different than my situation now, but it will be nice to have the best of both worlds so close together. I'll update more about the program as I get details. I just know that I start at the end of August, and it lasts until the middle of June. And that it's in the glorious metropolis of NYC. :)
Tomorrow I get to be with my first group. I'm excited, but nervous; it'll be a group of over 60 6th graders trying to learn about deep issues like poverty and resources distribution. I hope that I have the patience and the knowledge to handle it. It should be fun, though. :)
My parents are coming to visit this weekend, and I'm very excited about that. I can't wait to show someone I love this beautiful place where I currently reside. I'm off to talk to some friends before I hit the sack.
Peace, love and happiness-