The Best News in the World

BLOG FOR MARCH WEEK 4

So, you guessed it, I found out last Tuesday that I was accepted into the CBYX Program!!! I am so excited and happy right now and just in a perpetually good mood!

My area representative, Peg Fair, called the night before and left a message saying to call her back. If I had been there I would have leaped for the phone but I was having a sleepover with a couple of my best friends, Sacha and Haylee. Yesterday morning, my mom picked Sacha and me up to take us to track practice (it’s Spring Break here and we have early practice this week). As we were driving to school she handed me a post it not with a phone number on it saying, “The Germany woman called and wants you to call her back.”

My mom and Sacha then pressured me to call her but I was way too nervous to at that time. I felt sure that it would be a ‘no’ and didn’t feel ready to have my dream come crashing down yet. So Sacha and I ran and actually had a really fun practice because our coach designed this scavenger hunt type thing. We came in second place, ran a couple drills more, and played ultimate frisbee. Spring break practice is wayyyy better than usual! My point in saying this is that it totally took my mind off of Germany.

When I got home I went outside and called, probably more nervous than I’ve been in my life. When Peg answered the phone I told her who I was and after a couple heart stopping seconds she said “Oh Laretta Johnson! I’ve got good news for you kid!” This wasn’t what I had expected at all and I responded with an exclamation of “Wait, really?” I obviously know how to make myself sound really intelligent. She said “Yep, you’re going to Germany!” At this point I almost started crying of happiness and got all flustered and excited while repeatedly thanking her. She told me to look for emails in the beginning of April. My application is now being sent to Germany where host families will look at it, along with those of other applicants, and begin choosing their exchange students. Depending on how soon I get chosen, I could be getting in contact with my host family as soon as mid-April! I hope get chosen right away so that I can start to establish a relationship with my host family!

Anyways, immediately after find out I, literally, skipped up to my front door, ran inside, and screamed “I GOT IT!!!!” My dad was the only person home and I ran and hugged him as he immediately teared up. I then proceeded to call my best friend, Sacha, text close friends, update my facebook status and tell my mom and sisters as they were driving home. Since then it has been a flurry of congratulations returned with my practically memorized speech of the coming events.

It still doesn’t feel real and I am so excited for this next adventure! I can barely focus on anything else going on in my life right now and I have no idea how I am supposed to get through the next few months of school and still do well in all my classes and on finals! Ahhhh! SO MUCH EXCITEMENT.

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