The Upgrade

I vividly remember all the frantic and stressed conversations I had right before winter break with the other people who had applied to CR, trying to figure out which day the acceptances would go out, if it would be through email or a letter, and how to cope if it ended up being a rejection. I refreshed my email constantly during the whole drive home from TCU, and continued to check it each day of break, waiting for the fateful email that would define my summer to arrive. The last thing I expected during that time was a text from my sorority vice president (a CR alum) asking me to watch a special Christmas video for the chapter. The LAST last thing I expected was for Dr. Pitcock to appear in a Santa hat telling me that in just a matter of months, I was going to Berlin. 

With no one in the house to share the news with except my mom, who didn’t fully understand the excitement of the situation (though she does now!), I kept most of my celebration to myself. However, one of my favorite parts about coming back to TCU after Christmas break was getting to see all of the CR 11 people and share our feelings and excitements about what was to come. While I already knew almost everyone from living in Milton, things were different now. We were a familia, bound together to share this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

Now I am less than 24 hours away from getting on a plane and flying to the other side of the world to start this adventure, and I couldn’t be more excited. One of the things that made leaving Milton at the end of the year easier was the knowledge that I would get to see some of my best friends in a matter of days, just instead of a dorm we would get to hang out in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. An upgrade, to say the least. 

Having been given such a great opportunity for exploration and learning, my main goal is to remain present. I often struggle with getting too caught up in my own expectations or plans that I lose sight of my literal surroundings. Because of this, I want to focus on putting down my phone and absorbing everything; the designs of the buildings and the art, the sounds of the cities, and the content of my conversations with other people. I don’t want to miss a minute of this experience, so just like everyone else, I plan on being fully all in. 

See y’all in like two days ahhh,
Chloe 

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