Friday, April 15, 2011

Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade!

This week has been crazy.  It was tech week/opening week for the school musical (Footloose, did I already tell you that?  Oh well.).  I have been getting home pretty late, so I'm pretty tired. 
I'm open to things, but generally I'm a pessimist.  On the website for the scholarship I applied for, it said that if you received a scholarship, then we would hear in 2 weeks.  Well, by Wednesday of week 2, I was sure that I wasn't going to get it.  In fact, I was kinda freaking out.  Where was I going to get all that money??  Wednesday was also opening night, which I think went really well.  When I got home, exhausted, about to start homework, I refreshed my email.  Sure enough, there was an email saying that I had gotten the scholarship!! :)  A full scholarship to study in China for a year!  I was so excited!  I still am!!! :)  I am so grateful for this.  I can't wait to see what challenges await me.  I leave August 18th, 2011.  I will either be in Nanjing or Changzhou (look at a map of China: it looks like a chicken, doesn't it?  So if you can see the "chicken", Nanjing and Changzhou are right in the breast of the chicken).
I am so pumped for summer!
I just have to get a passport (on Monday), and then there's pretty much nothing standing in the way of China!
I want to thank everyone who has helped me achieve this.  My parents for signing all the paperwork and supporting me, my teachers for writing letter of rec., and filling out tedious transcripts, and my friends, for helping me raise money, and helping me along the way.  (Zoë and Mert were right, refreshing my email didn't make the email get here any faster!) 
I think that's all for now.  I'll keep you updated!!!


  1. Just wanted to add that I'm crazy-proud of my big girl, and give her full credit for earning this scholarship and this life-altering trip on her own. She did the work, she kept the applications on schedule, she prompted me to make the required appts., etc. I am so proud of this child, who just such a short time ago could perch on my hip and cuddle on my lap. What a lovely, incredible young woman she has become.

  2. AHHH!!! CONGRATS!!! That's absolutely fantastically amazing, Jaede! Good luck with everything :) When do you get to go...???

  3. Hahaha, nevermind. In the next post you said you're leaving in August. I really need to work on my reading skills.... Epic fail on my part :)