What better way to start off the new year than to do a good deed? Even if you don’t cut down on candy/junk food enough or hit the gym 4 times a week, at the least you’ll have the satisfaction and resulting fuzzy feeling of knowing you helped change someone’s life.
Ok enough with the mushy intro. My friend Cherish would love nothing more than to go to Brazil. She’s not made of money though (Yeah, I know. Neither are you.) so she’s reaching out =]
Just like me, she’s a member of AIESEC, an amazing international student organization that has changed my life in ways I can only begin to explain. Ask anyone of my friends, they’ll tell you I’m crazy about it O=] As an AIESECer, you get to run your own business. You manage a global internship and conference program (you do sales, HR, comm., project management, everything.)
Let’s help Cherish go abroad. The internships don’t cost a lot but living in a foreign country for an extended period of time does. Can you spare $5? It’s not much, but if everyone who reads my blog gives her $5 we could help her get $1400 closer to her goal.
I donated, and I hope you will too.
Go here to read her story and see how much she has raised so far, and go here to share with your Facebook friends.
Hi everyone, I made it! I arrived in Paris yesterday morning and spent most of the day trying not to nap (and failing miserably.)
My very early morning at the airport was super hectic! We arrived later than we planned and were looking for the Delta kiosk instead of the American Airways one since I somehow confused muself. Then I couldn’t find the paper with my flight info… but thankfully I did eventually find it at the bottom of my bag. By then it was pretty much time to leave and I had to say goodbye to everyone.
Brian, Tommie, Rachel and Carlos, thank you so much for coming to see me off! I know it was really early and I truly appreciate it =] And Alex, you’re going to have to come visit me very soon because I don’t know how long I can keep missing you before I go insane!
The flight went really well. I wasn’t able to get into business in either but the people I sat next to were great and I slept quite a bit. I ended up having some very interesting conversations with a cognitive behavior grad student ftom San Diego who’s going to be teaching English with 150 other young Americans in Paris this coming year (yes Nafees, we just met and I’m already mentioning you in my blog!)
I’m glad I’ve already made a new friend here! It’s hopefully going to make the trantision easier and help me miss all the amazing people I left behind in California a little bit less (not that I could ever forget about all of you.)
My first day in France was pretty laid back. I arrived at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport at 7am nice and groggy. I ate and slept a lot, went on a walk with my grandmother and unpacked most of my luggage.
There's a merry-go-round in Rambouillet's square
Today I went to Rambouillet (check out the picture!) to take care of my social security and open a bank account. The bank we went to was awesome. They also offer many other services like insurance and cell phone plans so I got a plan and am going to be using my grandpa’s old cell phone. With my plan I’ll get unlimited texting to everywhere in the world so make sure you get my number if you want to keep in touch!
I’ll see if I can go take some pictures of the cute country-side town my grandparents live in for you guys soon.
The princess pic I took for my first official post on trint--go check it out!
It’s very late and I need to leave early so this is going to be very quick! Here’s an update on my flight:
I leave SFO at 7:20 tomorrow morning, have a layover in New York, and then arrive in Paris at 7 am (I get the feeling my grandparents aren’t very happy about having to come pick me up so early!)
I’m afraid today was very busy and I haven’t gotten the pictures from my going away party from friends yet, but I do have something for all of you to read: today, my love blog for trint went live! Check it out and leave me comments! ❤
Alex did an AMAZING job with my surprise going away party. Not only did he unflinchingly not divulge ANY details, but he was even able to get other people to pretend to drop me hints accidentally! I ended up thinking the “surprise” was going to be Sunday when it was actually today!
My friend Amanda came by to pick me up for San Jose State University’s Homecoming game tailgate. We parked at a park near the football field… and saw Alex there! He said he was waiting for our friend Queeny, and I thought it was very funny that we all parked at the same park near the tailgate.
Then we saw some more of our friends playing football a little bit further away in the park… and I spotted my best friend Helen. Helen and I have been best friends for 10 years even though she stayed in Pleasanton while I went away to San Jose for my university studies… and that was when I finally realized it. Helen doesn’t come down to San Jose. She was here to see me! Then everyone saw me and started to come together…
And they asked for a speech!! We ate yummy hamburgers and hot links Alex grilled on the BBQ and chow mein, chicken, chips, Blue Moon beer everyone brought.
Everyone, thank you so much for coming today! It was a wonderful surprise and I was so happy I got the opportunity to see all fo you again I more time before I left!
And thank you Alex for planning this for me =] I know I gave you a lot of crap when you were pretending you weren’t planning anything O=] thank you for being wonderful and throwing me this awesome party ❤
Lastly, we’re all going to go out to dinner Monday night since I leave very early the next morning. Send me a text or comment here if you want to come! We don’t know where we’re going yet but I’ll post an update once we know.
Love you all,
Good news! I’ve got a standby ticket and should be able to fly out this Wednesday!
All of this has felt so surreal the last few weeks… I’ve been going through the motions and getting ready to leave but it wasn’t fully sinking it. When my Mom told me this morning that her flight attendant friend looked at flight information and said this Wednesday should work it really hit me!
In less than 1week I will no longer be in California anymore…. my first reaction was “I’m so sad!!!!” I’m very excited to go see my relatives and to start a new life in France, but I’m also really going to miss California! I’ve lived here for 10 years; California has become home!
I'm really excited, but also really sad
It feels very bitter-sweet.
This means you all need to hurry up if you still want to see me! I’m free Saturday afternoon and Sunday in San Jose and then will come back to Livermore/Pleasanton Tuesday, if not Monday.
I’m very happy to announce that I have finally passed my last exam! The first time I took it, I missed it by a few points–so disappointing =/ San Jose State University managed to mess something else up with my paperwork so I need to turn a form in again, but I will soon be receiving my diploma!!
Ah sweet, sweet success =D
This means than I am now finally ready to get my plane ticket to France. Can you guys believe that I still haven’t bought it?! According to my mom’s friend, the flight attendant who is helping me get a standby ticket in business class (yes! 3 suitcases here I come! =] ), we don’t need to rush since it’s easy to get standby tickets at the last minute, but I’m still getting a little impatient.
Hopefully, my next post will be announcing which day I’m leaving for France. And of course I’ll continue to keep everyone updated about when I’m free to catch up. There are still many people I haven’t had a chance to see yet!
Speaking of which, I’m free for dinner tonight (Tuesday night) so send me a text if you’d like to grab dinner =]
My gosh time flies so quickly! I now only have about 2 weeks left until I leave for France. I waxed on and on sentimentally about everything I’m going to miss in my last entry… so let’s be a little more optimistic and proactive today!
As excited as I am to return to France... I'm still sad that soon I won't see all my beloved friends anymore
Here are my plans for the next few weeks. Please take a look so you have some idea regarding when I will be in San Jose or Livermore–this will really help me schedule when to hang out with all of you guys (hey, let’s face it, I don’t have all of your class and work schedules memorized so take a look and help me schedule!) I think the SJSU Homecoming Game is this Saturday at 1pm so I’ll be at the tail gate starting around 10 or 11am if you want to see me there.
I am coming back to San Jose tomorrow (Thursday, September 8th) and plan on being in town until next Tuesday (the 13th.) At that point, I will go back to Livermore for a few days. I’m not completely sure whether I will spend the weekend of September 16-18 in San Jose or Livermore yet… my guess as of now is that I will most likely drive back and forth between both cities a few times during that weekend since it sounds like a lot will be happening!
I have not gotten my plane ticket yet (anyone shocked?) My mother’s friend is a flight attendant and said she would help us get a special ticket. Get this, I’ll get to fly in business class and have 3 suitcases (yeay! enough to pack most of my life into!) and all I have to do is fly standby =D I told her I want to leave the week of September 19th and she should get back to us soon with the dates she can get me a flight.
I’ll let everyone know once I finally have my ticket and my departure time is finalized (well, as finalized as it can be in standby anyway.) There may also be a “surprise” (O=] ) going-away party in the works… so if anyone wants to get information I suggest you contact Alex to make sure you can come. And don’t hesitate! I want to see everyone before I leave!