Five months ago, I decided to apply for the Peace Prize Scholars program. And if I am being honest, I didn’t really read the fine print, specifically, I didn’t comprehend the part about how if I got the scholarship I would be going to Norway for the summer. Lol. Joke’s on me because here I am. In about 2 hours, I will be on a plane headed for Norway for the next seven weeks of my life.
At first glance, this didn’t seem like a big deal. I mean I have traveled abroad before and I have been away from home for longer than seven weeks. This should be easy right? Well maybe.
First of all, packing I mean come on how does one pack their entire life into one suitcase. To be more clear, how do I pack my entire life into one suitcase. After many hours and lots of pack and unpacking, I conquered this challenged (it was close, weighing 51lbs…oops).
The next challenge, saying goodbye to my family. First Madison and Peyton and my sisters, than my parents. It was hard. I hate leaving and we Fawcetts cry…alot. But, I am happy to say that we conquer this challenge as well (also, barely, I won’t lie it took a lot of blinking to prevent any tears from falling).
My last challenge was to prepare myself, mentally for the experience coming up. Katie Kovachovich gave me some great direction in this arena. So I decided to come up with a few goals to hold me accountable.
Learn how to agree to disagree and how to love other through disagreement
Appreciate the differences that exist in the world. Ie. the most cliche study abroad goal ever but I think the International Summer School in Oslo will be able to give me this experience in a way that studying abroad in other capacities might not.
For the first week, sit next to new people at least 1 meal a day. Every week after that, sit next to new people once every few days. I like this goal because it is practical and straightforward.
Say yes and avoid saying no. I can sleep when I am dead. Or at the end of the summer.
I know that this summer will bring more challenges and that this is simply the beginning but I am SO excited and ready to take these challenges head on. Norway, here I come.