Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Japan List O' Things

So today I got a package from YFU, and I thought it was host family info/departure date but sadly it was just info about insurance =( And also, I don't need to get a visa! So that's one less thing off my list which is cool :D Speaking of lists, that's what this post is about. Before I leave (less than 25 days!!!) I have quite a bit of things to do, so I've compiled a list. The list was about 2 pages long before, but me and my mom got done quite a bit the other night so it's a lot shorter now XD Anyways, here it is~

  1. Set up finals plans with teachers (exact dates)
  2. Get Japan-English Electronic Translator
  3. Mini Photo Album
  4. Capri Tights
  5. Netbook
  6. Webcam
  7. Set up skype
  8. Rainbow flip flops
  9. Get navy skirt/white shirt (if I visit a Japanese high school this will be my mock uniform)
  10. Transfer money to yen
  11. Get July 4th stuff (to show to class)
  12. Thank you letter from real parents to host parents
  13. Brownie mix/blueberry muffin mix/microwave popcorn/graham crackers (for host fam)
  14. Regular candy (staburst, skittles, etc)
  15. Post cards

NOTE: Red = done =)

And yeah thats about it! It's not too much, hopefully I can get it all done! :)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Wonderful Weather and Wonderful(ler) News!

Sooo there was a bunch of confusion, because I got an email talking about a scholarship but I hadn't received any packages in the mail. But today, my dad checked the mail at our old house and it turns out that they sent the info there and...

I GOT A SCHOLARSHIP!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D

The JUSSE (Japan-US Senate Youth Exchange) scholarship to be exact!!! So exciting! So now I'm going to Japan officially! :] However, turns out the trip leaves June 5th (as opposed to June 15th) and school doesn't let out until June 18th, so I have to get permission from my principal and my counselor to take my finals earlier than all the other juniors. Hopefully they'll let me take them, but there shouldn't be too many problems considering the circumstances, I mean this is JAPAN we're talking about!!! Once in a lifetime opportunity!!!! On a side note, hopefully I get my host family info soon! I'm dying of anticipation to know where I'll be placed XD But patience is a virtue, and now that I know that I'm definitely going, I'm a lot less antsy :)