What a relief!

Trip Start Sep 01, 2006
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Trip End Dec 15, 2006


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Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Nothing has been more satisfying in the past three months than when I handed in my 30-page independent study project... in FRENCH.  A month of research seems like a long time, but as I mentioned in my last blog, the time has passed by so quickly.  On Friday, I will leave for "la Petite Cote" or Mbour, which is a small, touristy beach town south of Dakar.
Today was a landmark day in Senegal not only because of the end of my independent research, but also because my homestay mother, after repeatedly telling me how much she would miss me after I go home, told me that she has a stronger connection with me than she did with Kate.  For those that have no idea why that comment would be so shocking or exciting, Kate was a previous SIT student who stayed with my family and who has already returned once to Senegal in the past year.  Kate is dating one of the neighbors and calls often to my family. Kate sends packages with abundant presents for all members of the family and even includes letters in French and Wolof.  While Kate was in Senegal, she danced with my sister, made tea with my brothers, and sat and talked with the family for hours upon hours.  At the beginning of the trip, I was constantly compared to Kate and everything that she did while in Senegal.  Every other sentence that I heard in my house concerned Kate. I grew very frustrated when I thought that I would never be able to live up to the standards that Kate had set... so you can see why my host-mother's comment kept me smiling for the rest of the day!
I'm sure that after a few months of being back in the states, I will lose my superior status and become just another wonderful previous study abroad student, but for now, I'm going to bask in my accomplishments.
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