Today I received my staging information! I leave early February 8th to go to Philadelphia for orientation!
I can't wait. I teeter between moments of anxiety and adrenaline but I always seem to land on my feet with a smile. I think I operate the best and reach beyond my potential most when I am in a new and challenging situation. These last 4 months have been sort of terrible for me because I haven't had enough to do and have retreated into a shell. After countless years of school and then going straight into a full year of AmeriCorps, I felt completely lost when my service ended last August. I can't wait for Peace Corps for so many reasons but I think the most important right now is that I will start using my brain, courage, and creativity once again.
I've been reading nonstop about Peace Corps and Uganda, including some very difficult reading about the child soldiers in the Lord's Resistance Army in Northern Uganda. I think it's important that I know about this darker, less-known side of Uganda. Seriously though, why doesn't anyone know about the LRA?? Uganda has been (and is) privy to a genocide just as horrifying as Darfur and Rwanda, but no one seems to know about it. I don't get it.
On the lighter side, Will hire someone to clean out my room and throw away things for me. Seriously. I need an objective eye. And a drink.