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장학금을 받았다.

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May 1, 2014 | 05:41pm
Mood: guess.

Today I was very nervous. I started refreshing the website on which the scholarship foundation was going to upload the list of recipients at about 8am. Rumor had it the list was not supposed to be uploaded until after 3pm. Yeah, I'm crazy.

Here's something a little crazier: I woke up at about 3:30am from a dream. In the dream I'd opened the PDF file with the list of recipients and saw my name. In that sleepy disoriented period after waking up, I was convinced that I'd received the scholarship. When I realized that it was just a dream I was a little devastated.

At about 3:20pm I refreshed the page and the list had been posted.

I GOT THE SCHOLARSHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scrolling to the bottom of the PDF file was painful. "Why is the USA so far down?" I wondered.

I got to the USA recipients. I quickly scanned - didn't see my name - started to feel my heart break - and then I saw my name. I was #11 of 23, pretty much right in the middle of the list, and they'd arranged our names so surname was first. I got it you guys. I got it.

I GOT IT!!!!!

I ran to tell my co-teacher, Megan, and I was so excited that I was shaking. Shaking, you guys. I felt like a weight was lifted from my shoulders. Wow.

So, being me, I've been Facebook stalking the other recipients from the USA. There are some seriously impressive people - people who work for radio stations, the Korean government, the US government, NGOs; people who went to Ivy League schools, who released movies... and me. (I'm overstating the situation slightly. Maybe half of the people are super impressive; the other half look fairly normal.)

The next stage in the process is two-fold. I have to get a medical check-up - I'm going to see if I can get out of this, since I already live in Korea. The other stage is waiting to hear from the universities. Some of the universities will interview me, some won't, and I'll hear back regarding my acceptance/rejection by May 31st. I'm hoping I made a good choice in universities because I've already passed 3/4ths of the hurdles - this is the only one left. And you know what's really awesome? I'd be happy with any of the universities I listed on my application. I'd be super happy if I got into one of the "SKY" universities (think Ivy League), but I'd be ecstatic if I got into the other university too. I'm just so excited.

Oh, and one more thing: the waiting this month is going to be insane. I want to know where I'll go and I want to know now!!!

Oh my god you guys. I've worked so hard - studied so much - even going to far as to extend my work contract 6 months, just to be able to apply. I can't believe it. I am a very proud person overall, but I know my faults - I'm nothing special. I've proved this repeatedly. But this is important. This is big. I just can't believe it.

Now I'm going to go eat Chinese food and watch 기찰비록 and squee a little more. Oh my god.

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walking and thinking

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from: karmaforone
date: May 1, 2014 05:00pm (UTC)
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Congratulations!!

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: May 1, 2014 09:28pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

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LadyEquinox

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from: ladyequinox
date: May 3, 2014 04:01pm (UTC)
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Huzzah!!!!!! *fanfare*

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: May 4, 2014 05:43am (UTC)
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:-D :-D

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