So, first, thanks everyone for the myriad of supportive emails and texts and calls. Once again, it's been affirmed that I do, in fact, have the best people in my life. I expected people to be nice, but I didn't expect everyone to be this incredible. Also, I think a special shout out goes to Kat for being the best. I love that every time someone asks me, "So how does Kat feel about this?" (because a surprising of people asked me that), I get to say, "She's really happy for me and she's been incredibly supportive."
A ton of people asked me about the logistics of this whole mission thing, so I figured I might as well write a post about it. (I promise I am not turning this into a missionary blog!)
1. My availability date is June 26. This also happens to be my 19th birthday. Good thing it's a Wednesday. On my form (and my bishop's form and my stake president's form), I wrote that I need to leave by July 17, in order to be back for spring semester 2015. So hopefully, I'll be leaving somewhere in that window.
2. My papers went in on February 26. So, according to Lorin's friend at the missionary department, assuming all goes right, my call will be issued March 7th or 8th, mailed on the 12th, and arrive sometime that week, WHEN I'LL BE IN FLORIDA FOR SPRING BREAK. Which means I'll probably get to open it on March 18th. The waiting game is on.
3. I'm planning on coming back to Swat after my mission. In fact, I'm planning on being back in time (even if it's by the skin of my teeth) for spring semester 2015, which starts on January 19. Between my extra class this semester and my AP credits, I'm on track to be able to graduate in 7 instead of 8 semesters. So I should just graduate a year late. I'm good with that.
4. I've been going to the Philadelphia YSA ward, and let me tell you, it's an awesome ward. It's mostly students from the schools around here - Bryn Mawr, West Chester University, Temple, Drexel, and Penn - but there are also some real adults. I've got some really good friends in the ward, and it's just been great.
5. Since "announcing" this, I've realized that many people expected I'd be some sort of off-the-deep-end mini-alcoholic by now. Isn't this a nice alternative?