Well, my friends, I have some exciting and sad news to share with you all. I was hoping to share this in a few months, but recent events at work have made things awkward and I accelerated my schedule.
Last winter, I decided I needed a change in my life. While I love the work I do and find it both exciting and rewarding, I decided to take it to the next level. A few months ago, I applied to graduate schools in Europe and the States. I was hoping to hear back from schools in Europe so I could more easily visit mom and dad back home in Amman. But, to my surprise, I received an acceptance letter from a school in the States that I’ve always wanted to attend.
After my most recent episode at work I thought things would get better, but things unexpectedly got more and more awkward. When I got the acceptance letter, I saw it as a chance to leave the drama behind and start fresh. My parents were super supportive and encouraged me to take this opportunity to advance my career and expand my horizons. Of course, having extended family in the area (who doesn’t have cousins everywhere) put my father at ease. And my parents’ biannual trips to the States to visit the family ensured that my family would never be far away.
So, friends, the city that never sleeps welcomes its newest fling.
So I got on a plane with nothing more than two suitcases and a heart full of excitement and a huge appetite for the big apple. I think my excitement paid off, since my smile got me bumped to business class (or at least I hope so). Nothing like arriving in New York in style!
Since I got here a little early, I think my most immediate challenge is finding an apartment and convincing my parents that not living with my cousins would add to my experiences, truly living the American dream.
I will continue my blogging from here. Sure the parties and scenery may change, but I will stay the same Ammani that I’ve always been. In an effort to remain connected to my roots back home, I hope to update more frequently, sharing my new experiences in class and out on the town. I think I’ll find a lot of similarities between my new home and my true home, as well as some differences. All of which I will share with you.