Once in a Lifetime

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Thu, 01/10/2013 - 7:47pm -- Ashley

  A once in the lifetime opportunity is a phrase that I have heard numerous times over the years, and now I get to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity.  A million thoughts race through my mind as I contemplate on this opportunity.  The Presidential Inauguration is a historical moment, and regardless of a political affiliation it will be an exciting moment.  Leaving for Washington D.C. on Saturday fills me with nervousness and excitement. This feeling seems to keep me on my toes. I’m constantly running questions through my mind, such as “Did you remember to buy such and such?”, “Did you pack appropriate clothing?”, or “I wonder what sort of experiences during this seminar will I be blessed to have?”

 I’m not going to lie; I’m extremely stoked to be blessed with this experience.  I spent Wednesday driving to Fairmont, and Thursday packing.  Although I remind myself continuously not to over pack, it seems that I have managed to over pack yet again.  I fear that if I place one more item in my suitcase it will burst at the seam. Its bulging belly seems to plead with me, “Don’t pack anything else” I try to convince it that it is not my fault I have this innate fear I’ll forget some important item.  But we all know how pleading with inanimate objects go, they always win or break (which is winning by default).  So sensing the immense despair that seems to emit from my suitcase, I allow it to be full, and I even consider unpacking items from it. I’ve also decided that just one suitcase will not provide enough space for everything I have determined essential for the trip.

 If you would have told me a year ago that I would be granted this opportunity, I wouldn’t have believed you.  I’ve always been an introvert, but I’m learning to be comfortable as myself.  Because of that, I’m excited for this trip. I not only anticipate the experiences and information it will offer me, but I’m anxious to see how it will impact me. 

 Lastly, this is my first blog post about the D.C. seminar, and I am excited to be able to share my thoughts, pictures, and experiences with others. Upon returning to Fairmont from Christmas Break, I started to unpack so that I could prepare to repack for the upcoming trip.  Given that my roommate Caitlin moved in on the same day and is attending the same seminar, our room quickly became lost in the shuffle!