Many people have come up to me throughout the past couple weeks asking me things like, “Are you excited to go to Tanzania?” “Are you all ready for Tanzania?” Honestly, I have been rather stressed out trying to check things off my list of things to do and making sure I am not missing deadlines. I am taking 19 hours this semester and since we are leaving 2 weeks before the semester is over at Mizzou, I am in the process of taking finals and finishing up large projects for all of my classes. I have definitely been putting my classes ahead of my preparation for Tanzania on my priorities list but I am hoping that next week I can put most of my emphasis on preparation and not much more school work! Luckily, Amber has been keeping me updated on what I need to do next for this awesome journey.
Nonetheless, I am BEYOND ecstatic for what this journey holds. Ever since last summer my heart has felt a tugging to go to Africa to experience a culture and lifestyle completely out of my comfort zone. I have been joyful and passionate for this adventure to Tanzania ever since! Although being away from all my friends and family will be hard, I know that I will grow and learn from this journey and that will far outweigh any costs. I am looking forward to getting close with our group and I’m looking forward to building relationships with the Tanzanians. I am so worried about not knowing enough Swahili when I get there but I know that I will pick it up quickly because I will be surrounded by the language so much.
I have not yet begun to pack or even make a list of all the necessary items I need to bring with me to Tanzania so I am a little stressed about making sure I have everything I need when I arrive. Luckily, several people that have been on the trip before from Mizzou have been willing to answer any questions I may have and have been encouraging me like CRAZY!! I know that once I finish up my school work and truly begin to pack and prepare, my emotions will be at an all time high! It is still so much like a dream that I will be going to Tanzania for 4 weeks! I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to travel, study and teach abroad, and experience things I have never seen before! Seriously though, could this trip sound any more appealing? Is this even real life?
Peace, Love & Blessings,