Impatience and Acceptance

Impatience

I have never been known to be the most patient person when it comes to waiting for information. “I WANT TO KNOW NOW!” is quite a common phrase running through my head. It has been almost ten days since I got my acceptance letter and the lack of information about what the coming year holds is starting to bother me. For all of you who are now protesting at me, I understand that there are logistical things still being worked out by CIEE, but I just want to know when I get to know. The ambiguity is killing me.

Acceptance

There have been three big acceptances in my life, in relation to study abroad, in the last ten days or so.
1. I got accepted (the acceptance letter is below)
2. I accepted that I had to “sign my life away” to get there. (The agreement you have to sign for CIEE is like 6 pages long)
3. I have accepted I have to wait. (or am at least trying to accept that fact)

The letter

Early Acceptance – Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

CIEE Study Center Spain – Palma

Thank you for applying to the CIEE 2012-2013 Academic Year Palma Liberal Arts program! We have just begun reviewing applications for the coming term. After looking over your application, it is clear that you are hard-working and well-respected by your professors. I’m sure you will make an excellent addition to the program next term.

Congratulations on your acceptance!

This message will act as your acceptance into the program. In early April, you will receive a message with instructions on how to access the Academic Year 2012-2013 online required acceptance forms (student visa information, program calendar, etc). When you receive it, please review the message carefully and follow all instructions given.

In the meantime, here are some things that you can do:

1) Make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your departure date from Spain. If your passport is expired or valid for less than 6 months, please renew your passport immediately and have the process expedited! You must be in possession a current passport to apply for your Spanish student visa.

2) Information on course listing/registration, program calendar, housing surveys and visa information will be available at a later date. We are confirming final information with the host universities in Spain at this time. Once this information is ready and accessible on your account, you will be notified.

3) I highly recommend that you purchase a good Spain guidebook to help you plan your year abroad. Guidebooks such as Lonely Planet, Insight Guides, Time Out Guides, etc. help provide general country and travel information on Spain and its regions.

Once again, congratulations on your acceptance! I look forward to working with you throughout the enrollment process this spring.

Best,

Jensine

Jensine Fraser – Study Abroad Advisor, Spain: Barcelona, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca

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Acceptance

I did it. I made it. It’s official. I am going to Palma for the entirety of the coming academic year. It has yet to register that this is happening to me, it all feels as if it were happening to someone else. I’ll give you full updates later when im at a computer, but thank you to everyone who was praying for me.

And away it goes!


Only four days after my second deadline my application is now in the hands of our study abroad office. It is kind of a crazy feeling. I have been working on this for so long it is hard to imagine that it might actually be a reality. I can hear you all rolling your eyes going “ah… you are writing a blog about this… how could you not realize it?” Well let me tell you after I awkwardly did the happy dance in a very public location (I apologize to any and all witnesses) I began to realize the gravity of the whole thing. I won’t go into details until later, I am sure you will hear more about my doubts later and would rather not read them now. My submission though, mostly made me realize how happy I am with my life and though I am excited beyond words at the possibilities of the future, it will be sad to leave behind the life that I have at The University of Iowa.

The Rest of the Process
I promised I would detail the rest of my application process so here it is:

  • My passport scan: this one was simple once I got my self into gear. Time to complete ~5 min
  • Scholarship information: I never realized how quite middle of the road I am and am therefore not qualified for any of these so… ya. This did not take really any time. Time ~ 5 min
  • Evaluator Task:This one was a little bit harder as the professor I asked to submit for application did not complete the task until this morning and was the main reason I was delayed in submission. Though, I am hugely grateful for her letter and am now happy that I waited for it, which is all that really matters in the end.
  • My personal statement: for those of you who are interested, it is at the end of this post. I spent more time in the Spanish writing center than I ever have. Though I just finished the last paragraph today and submitted it today so it might be a little rougher. I do think it is one of the most dense Spanish writing that I have ever done though. Time ~20 hrs
  • Home school nomination: this process is a little different at The University of Iowa than at other institutions, the nomination is only completed after all of the rest of your information is submitted. I was required to verify that all of my information has been turned in and to rough out a potential schedule for my year abroad. This was simple enough to take care of. Time ~ 5 min
    • Personal Statement

    Sueños de España

    El programa de Palma, con CIEE, es mi sueño, tengo todo que necesito y quiero. El único programa en España que tiene mis dos programas de estudio, español y economía. Quiero trabajar con una compañía española para adquirir experiencia. También quiero graduarme en tres años y si tengo un programa en donde no es posible estudiar español y economía, no me graduaré en 2014.

    Quiero estudiar en Palma porque me interesa vivir en un país extranjero y conocer España y Europea. Yo he estudiado español por mas de 10 años pero sólo en mi último año de colegio, puede descubrir que, en realidad, podía usar mi español y tener una conversación real.

    Durante unas vacaciones en México con mis padres, puede conversar por más de una hora con cuna pareja en un bus. Fue un momento especial que transforman mi vida. Antes de este momento pensaba que yo no comprendía nada en español, pero en un hora descubrí que tengo la capacidad de conversar con personas en español.
    Tengo muchas experiencias con otras culturas diferentes a la mía y situaciones difíciles y extrañas. Mis padres se separan cuando tengo dos años y necesito vivir en dos mundos muy diferentes por el resto de mi vida. Aunque mi experiencia con otros cultura es grande. Yo vivía en una comunidad rica y una pobre, estudia en unas escuelas donde estaba en la minoría, visitaría muchos partes de los estados unidos y el mundo, y mis experiencias con la cultura española esta ha cambiado gracias al proceso de determinar de dónde quiero estudiar. He trabajo para conocer mejor la cultura y el país desde el año.

    Si tuve la oportunidad de estudiar con profesores de américa del sur y central en mi colegio y en mi universidad, pero no tuve la oportunidad de tener un profesor de España. En el semestre pasado estudie con dos profesores de España, uno de Madrid y el otro de Andalucía. Leí muchos libros de Palma, Majorca, y España, libros de geografía, comida, culturas, lenguas y muchos más. También leí blogs de Majorca, programas de estudia en Palma y de experiencias de otros estudiantes en países extranjeras. Uso los a un oportunidad a comprender la experiencia y sueno a la.

    Tengo sueños a estudiar en Palma, pero conozco que tengo que necesito a estudiar allí. Mis experiencias con mis padres da me la habilidad a vivir con todos y adaptar a nuevas situaciones rápidamente. Mis escuelas ensenan a mí la importancia de abrir la mente a las oportunidades que la vida ofrece, y también conozco a trabajar y balanza mi tiempo. Por toda mi vida balanzo escuela, actividades extranjeras, como bádminton y debate y músico, trabaja, actividades de mi iglesia, y mantener una vida social. Es difícil para me imagino una tiempo cuando no estoy muy involucrado en mi comunidad, cuando no vivo a mi lema de vida “amo vida, viva vida.” Quiero la oportunidad a viva una vida involucrada en Palma porque conozco que yo tengo que necesito a prosperar.

    The List: My First Reframing.

    I set out to have my application finished on the 10th of February. I hope that you all have realized by this point in my post that this did not happen. While there are a variety of reasons why this might be true I am going to attribute it to three distinct causes

  • I still have yet to finish my personal statement. I am happy to report though that the spanish writing center has torn it asunder four times, but tells me it gets better each time I go in.
  • I do not yet have my letter of recommendation from my professor.
  • I must have the above information in to have The University of Iowa study abroad office approve my application.

    I am reframing my goal (as it cannot be a failure or I would not be going to Spain) into this: I hope to have my application completed and into the Study abroad office at UIowa, ready for approval by this Thursday, February 16, 2011.

    Three More and Weather Soars!

    First you get an application update and then… A WEATHER UPDATE! I know… I know. Don’t be so Midwestern, but it is true! (trust me)

    Updates

    1. So I pulled a stupid this week and missed my appointment with my study abroad adviser. As my friend would say “Face. Palm. Slide” I completely wrote it on the wrong day. :/ The schedules for the Study Abroad office were packed this week, students are getting ready for studying abroad over spring break, but I did manage to secure a spot on Friday. *sigh of relief*

    2. I finally remembered to bring my passport to work with me and have that all taken care of, though not without a few hitches. The obvious sometimes escapes me and I inserted a “facebook pic” instead of a professional pic. On top of that I hit submit, which meant the information was locked int. Luckily CIEE staff came to the rescue again and reset the information so that I could change it. One more step down, three to go!

    The FRIGGIN WEATHER!

    Yesterday it was a warm and sunny here in Iowa as it was in Palma. It was a miraculous feeling getting up and thinking, this is what it could be like for a very long time! It was beautiful. I can’t wait to not need a warm down coat, a hat, mittens, and a scarf, just so I can be both sweaty and hot and cold and windburned when I get to class.

    The today it was foggy. A thick kind of fog that normally rolls off of large bodies of water. Where the whole world seams to have disappeared into a dense cloud of white and even the birds sound muted. I miss this kind of fog. Dense fog I have really only ever seen coming off of Lake Superior and which I can dream rolls off of the Mediterranean. I can’t wait to see if there is a difference. But, until I do, Hasta Luego and to my family remember I love you like a dentist loves crooked teeth.