Nine months after the submission of the application, I finally received the coveted blue envelope: my invitation to serve in the Peace Corps. I accepted the news with a mess of emotions. After the initial shock wore off, I was hit with excitement, relief, nervousness, and fear. Most of all, I feel lucky to have been given this opportunity. This is a once in a lifetime chance to challenge everything I know and am comfortable with “to make a real difference in the lives of real people.”
I really have to thank my mother for reviving in me the idea of serving in the Peace Corps. I have always harbored the idea and known that a career in service and international development was what I wanted to pursue, but it wasn’t until she mentioned it last summer that my passion was reawakened.
Now that I have accepted the invitation, it’s back to reality: a reality that, for the moment, I am going to cherish and enjoy every second of because in a few short months my comfortable little life will be turned upside down. Only 2 1/2 months till graduation!!