Officially Accepted: It’s happening.

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I made it.

In under 7 months from now, I’m going to be in Hong Kong. This is unbelievable.

Seriously, I can’t believe that this is happening. The most urbanized city on the planet – and the most sheltered white kid in the world just got their ticket in.

I was hanging out with my buddy Taylor today for a couple hours, when I got an e-mail on my phone that essentially said that I hadn’t come to the office to pick up my results yet, and they needed confirmation by Valentine’s Day (i.e. by the end of the day today). Ran across campus with my friend to get to the office before it closed – scared the hell out of me. I’m guessing I missed an early e-mail or something like that, but I don’t see how that could have happened, considering that I’ve been checking my e-mail twice a day for the last month!

I got there, and got the envelope. Opened it right there in the office, and apparently, they’re pleased to inform me that I’ve been selected to participate in the International Exchange Program at the University of Hong Kong for a full 2013-2014 year. Scribbled the confirmation checklist and a signature down, and handed it in. I can’t imagine what would have happened if I missed that!

Wow. I’m still reeling over that. I called basically everyone close to me. Just… wow.

So, we’re past stage 1, and onto the next level of paperwork. For starters, I need a course approvals form, which has to be signed by the various departments – physics will be fine (well… when I get there it won’t, considering I won’t be able to take a couple of them), I’m not sure about the math department, and I have no idea how I’m going to get credited for Chinese courses. This is the hard part. I’m pretty sure I can get Chinese courses credited through an associate college to the university – my friend’s in criminology and took Mandarin and Japanese in first year. Essentially, I’ll need approval for Mandarin I and II and somehow squeeze in a Cantonese.

I also have to complete the host university application, which essentially means I do a preliminary course registration, give my contact details etc. as far as I know. Not too sure about this one yet!

Finally, I’d have to attend a pre-departure session, which is a really long lecture (my last in Canada for a year!) about inventory, culture shock and awareness, health and safety, academic concerns, etc. I don’t mind this – it’ll be cool to shake hands with people that are going to be flung across the globe in a matter of months.

Oh, and I have to figure out how I’m going to finance this, but that’s a whole other ballgame.

I’d write more, but I have an exam tomorrow and it’s 3 AM and one of the conditions for acceptance is a 70% average.

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