So good news: I have a plan. I am going to do my darndest to get into the O-Chem in Arezzo program. I’ll worry about the other study abroad after I get this one figured out.

If you are not one for stress, just stop reading now. It’ll be a short post, but a happy one.

And the bad news: I emailed the program director for O-Chem in Arezzo. She told me that they had filled the program with one person on the waiting list. Lucky for me, they had just gotten departmental permission to take two extra people. So there was one spot left.

The stressful part was that there was already seven open applications. I would have to finish my application before the other seven people who already had a head start on me. To top it off, my phone was not working. To put it simply, that was a very interesting day. But I’ve never been one to leave things at that.

So all I had to do was finish my application before anyone else did. Piece of cake, right? Not so much. The application was something like 10 parts, including applying for a passport, putting down a $200 deposit, getting a faculty recommendation, and writing three personal essays. But I got it done in less than a day. One of the weirdest things I’ve ever done, especially since it required a lot of back and forth with my parents, and my phone was toast. 🙁

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