Monday, April 18, 2011

More photos....

 Southern Indian Chicken
 Traditional way of eating food on banana leaf
A Chennai street vendor

 Better view of the Chennai Central Train Station
Marina Beach, Chennai

Photo Montage of Chennai, India

 Beach :)
Temple of Shiva
 Another view of the beach!
 The front of the Central Train Station in Chennai

Friday, April 15, 2011

More Info and Conference Calls

Today we learned a little more information on when I will be leaving for India in e-mails and through a conference call. On June 28th I will be leaving for a pre-departure orientation in Washington D.C. I will stay there until July 1st which is when I will be departing for India. This may cause a slight problem since the summer school classes I will be taking for U.S History will not be finished until June 29th. Luckily that won't cause too much of a problem being only one day.

The conference call definetely helped to ease my mind on the topic of schooling and earning credits that I can use back in the States. Allen Evens (the conference call coordinator) explained that more often than not the classes I will take abroad will still count as part of my Junior year of highschool. The classes I will have to take when I get back is Junior english (in other words I will have double english Senior year) and possibly physics if it is not offered in India.

The biggest piece of information that I learned today though was that I would be leaving a whole month and half earlier than previously thought. I don't mind though. :) I am extremely excited to start my year abroad and immerse myself into another culture. Only about 2 and half months to go! :D

Thursday, April 14, 2011


So from my title of my post you probably already geussed that I have been accepted as a YES abroad scholar and I was chosen to go to India! :) A few days ago my dad informed me of this at Buffalo Wild Wings ,where our school was having a fundraiser, and well...lets just say I became a little over excited and everyone ended up staring at me like I had gone completely crazy.

The city where I will be staying is Channai in the state of Tamil Nadu. It's in southern India and is right on the coast :) Four other scholars (Tenaya, Anastacia, Hannah, and Zoe) and  I are going to be living in the same city! This is very exciting for me, because this way I will already have some friends when I get there. There are many cultural activities I can become involved in too while living in India. I am particulary interested in Bharatanatyam. It  is a very prominent traditional dance in Tamil Nadu and also important among the various Chennai dances. I also want to become part of one of their NGO programs (non governement organization) which is like a charity. I could help tutor underpriviliged children or teach beading to rural women or whatever else interests me while there.

I will be attending one of two 'public schools' in Chennai, which are the equivalent of private schools in the U.S.A. The language of instruction will be English which will be convenient for me, but I had hoped for instruction in the native languages (Tamil or Hindi), so I could learn them more easily and faster. Luckily, I can take a course in Hindi at school.

Of course what I am looking forward to is the FOOD. Indian food is my all time favorite food and getting to actually go and eat actual real authentic indian food everyday is like a dream come true for me! I will undoubtedly earn some weight gain :) but I don't mind too much considering just how amazingly good Indian food is :) Tandoori chicken and shrimp curry here I come!