The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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This is the first time that I left the U.S. by myself and lived in another country for four months.  I was scared and anxious and didn't know if I would be able to go through with it.  I didn't have my twin sister beside me (like I always did) and that scared me even more.  I entered that campus as one person and left as a completely different person.

I looked out into the foreign campus and let in a long, shaky breath.  I stood on the hot pavement with the unforgiving, September sun beating on my back and tried to steady my overly anxious heart.  I was scared and alone for the first time ever.  My home was over five thousand miles away and I knew there was no turning back.  

I looked past the long winding road, the beautiful buildings that stood out against the never ending trees, and into the sea that surrounded the campus on two sides.  It all looked so calm and beautiful and welcoming.  I watched the sun shine on the brilliant blue water and soon enough felt my lips form into a smile.  

"This is going to be fun," I breathed before I shook away all of my foolish fears and told my legs to move forward.  

Alone

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September 2012
Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey

This is the first time that I left the U.S. by myself and lived in another country for four months. I was scared and anxious and didn't know if I would be able to go through with it. I didn't have my twin sister beside me (like I always did) and that scared me even more. I entered that campus as one person and left as a completely different person.

Tags: campus, sea, turkey, abroad, koc
Decade: 2010s
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Recorded by Derya Yilmaz on January 4, 2014
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