“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Friday, April 30, 2010

Stress, Stress, Stress

Well after a lot of stressful nights and days, it really does look like I am going to Africa in 20 days!!

But let's backup and tell you guys why I was so stressed out:

I got a SallieMae loan to help cover the costs of this trip and I was suppose to get my money on April 18th (which was a Sunday), so I gave them 2-3 business days to get my money to my school. When I found out that the money hadn't reached my school yet I called SallieMae and they said they forgot to release the money, but they would do it that day (Wednesday) just allow 2-3 business days. Allow I was upset over this, it was okay I could wait until Friday. So Friday comes and the money still hadn't gotten to my school, so I called again and I got the same story "sorry, we forgot to release the money, I will get a 24 hr work release and get the money to you on Monday." So here comes Monday and guess what, NO MONEY! So I call again, and they once again forgot. At this point I am more then frustrated with SallieMae and the run around they are giving me, more then a week late with my money and no one can explain it. So I go to my financial aid office and talk to my financial adviser, and he calls SallieMae. It turns out there was an internal problem within SallieMae and they just weren't handling the problem and they didn't know when I would be getting my money. Needless to say, my dreams of going to Africa were slipping, and I was in the process of finals and moving so this was the very last thing I wanted to deal with. But after a lot of phone calling, crying, freaking out and some very wonderful, wonderful people at my school it is all figured out :) My school is just advancing me my money and when my loan finally comes in they will just keep it. I am so blessed to have such great staff at my university and they couldn't have been more helpful...I truly appreciate everything they did for me.


Monday, April 19, 2010


Wow...time flies, exactly one month until I leave for Africa. Not a lot has changed, mostly just waiting for loan to come in (which is did yesterday) and should get processed in the next couple of days. Then I will pay Projects Abroad and I will be all set to go :) I should be getting my placement and housing details very soon too (probably after I pay), so I am excited to see where I will be living and the place I will be working!!

I will fill my malaria pill prescription in the next week or two, get my last Hep. B shot on the 3rd of May, finishing packing my apartment all up, take my finals then go home to visit family before I leave...I think for the first time I am getting nervous. I'm certainly going to miss all my friends and family, but it's getting very real for the first time since I started planning this trip!

Other then that, just waiting for paperwork to go through and counting down the days!!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Why It Pays To Plan Early

I am very happy I booked my ticket early and really planned for this trip in advance. Recently Delta decided to cancel my return flight from Accra to the USA, so now I leave a day late which is fine, but they never rescheduled my connecting flight. I went through Student Universe and they are a fine company, but the back and forth with them in rediculous. They don't honor anything that Delta says, so don't bother calling the airline yourself to get answers, but you have to constantly check your stuff because it never matches up with what Delta has, so it's a waiting game.

I guess I might have paid a little extra to go through an airline company directly instead of a 3rd party because when things happen and you want answers quick, that doesn't happen! Either way hopefully they can figure it out :)