The last couple of days I’ve been making the most of this beautiful weather by setting aside time in my day to go to the Waterloo park and read, reflect and relax. To be honest, I think just scheduling some “Adam Time” and relaxing during nice days like this has reduced my stress level and put me in peace.
I know its inevitable but this term has flown by once again. There is now 1 more week of classes…I know right??
For the past month when people have asked about my field placement, I’ve told them that “On september I’ll be working with a local NGO named Action for Rural Education in Ghana for 8 months” The following response that people usually have is “that’s so cool”, “that’s coming up soon”, “how are you feeling: nervous? anxious?”
I’ve usually told people that it has not hit me yet that I’m going to Ghana in 5-6 months. These past couple of days I’ve had time to think about it and the reality of me leaving has become a lot more real. There were 2 main events in the past couple of days that triggered my much needed reality check.
Friday March 16th
On Friday March 16th, Margaret and I had our field placement update meeting with Grainne on our placement country: Ghana. About 2-3 weeks ago Grainne was in Ghana and visited both of our local NGO’s offices. We were both excited to hear any news she had for us.
For my local NGO: Action for Rural Education I learnt that they will be moving their office in the next month or so closer into Accra. Currently they are focusing on educational reform, monitoring distribution of educational funds and policy advocacy from the bottom up- exactly what I’m interest in. I’ll be helping them with training modules, supporting their campaign at national level, documentation and other aspects.
Sunday March 18th:
In the evening I had an End of Term (EOT) event. For this semesters EOT I was ‘graduating’ as it would be my last formal EOT in Waterloo. During the EOT I just had fun and enjoyed my company. It didn’t really occur to me till the following day that this would be my last study semester with a lot of amazing friends that I’ve made over the course of my 3 years at UW. During these past years in Waterloo, I’ve been blessed to have made such awesome friends; people who i’ll never forget. They have taught me a lot and have helped me grow into the person I am today.
I guess at this point all you can do is make the most of everything. Live, have fun, set time aside for friends and know that the memories that you’ve experienced will stay with you forever. I don’t say the ‘L’ word unless I absolutely mean it, so here it goes: To all my friends at UW, I love you all. Let’s live up this semester and make the most of it <3