Saying “See You Later” to Drake

At Camp Foster, the YMCA summer camp that I spent my summers as both a camper and counselor, we never say “goodbye” at the end of the week. Instead, we say “see you later.” Over the last week, I have had to say a number of “see you laters” to people that I won’t see for over six months. For me, though, leaving Drake at the end of this semester has felt no different than any other semester. I will be honest, the gravity of the situation has not hit me at all. I will be studying abroad in Rwanda…but still I don’t really know what that means. I don’t know what I will feel and I don’t know how I will think and I don’t know how I will change. All I know is that I won’t be at Drake next semester. My other friends that are studying abroad were able to have much more emotional reactions to leaving their friends and their school, however I haven’t felt those same kind of emotions. I can continue to say all I want that I am spending my semester in Rwanda, but as of now, those are merely words. The forms I have filled out are merely forms. At school and even now while I am home, I am still within my wonderful comfort zone. It won’t be until I am pushed outside of it (on my first international flight, in my first foreign country, or in my first experience with a Rwandan) that all of my “see you laters” will mean a lot more than they have in the past.

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2 thoughts on “Saying “See You Later” to Drake

  1. I can’t wait to hear about what exactly you are studying… what book you are reading… people you are meeting… etc.. What an experience! Keep us posted. You are going to meet some of the coolest people ever!!! Post lots of pics!!! Lindsey Aikin (ps – I got married so my new last name is Nelson… in case you see that name somewhere.)

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