Here I go again! That’s what I thought when I was saying goodbye to everyone at the airport back in Amsterdam. Yet everything would be different this Fall. It’s all for real this time. Everything will matter. For those who didn’t know yet, last year I decided to go to Green River College for a gap year program of at least one quarter. Then in November I decided to stay for a second quarter. When I got back home in April last spring I needed to decide what I wanted to study this schoolyear. After so much thinking and considering every possible option I decided I wanted to go back to the US and study here full time. So, now I’m back majoring in natural resources!
I flew back on September 11thwith just one stop in Iceland with another Dutch girl named Merel. I met her earlier this year at one of the alumni dinners in The Netherlands for both old and new GR students from Europe. It’s really nice to fly together with someone, so you don’t feel as alone when you just said goodbye to you family and friends. The flight really didn’t take that long and we soon landed at Sea-Tac airport early in the evening. We were picked up by someone from school, that’s also when we met another Dutchie called Floor and got dropped off at the Campus Corner Apartments where we first had to sign our housing contracts before going to rooms. I have a different room this year, which is a bit smaller, but still great!
I slept terrible that night, mostly from the jetlag but also because all these impressions and things you hear and see are lot to take in. Our first day started with doing some groceries and meeting more Dutch people. We also went walking in the woods again on our very first day, in the rain! 🙂 We went to Walmart on Thursday for more groceries and other stuff. Because we were with such big group, it almost felt like a field trip on its own. After that was orientation, but because I had already been through that last year, I didn’t need to go again. So, I went to the gym instead. At night we bought some concert tickets and I also signed up for the first weekend events. Yesterday was kind of messy. A lot happened that is hard to explain in words, except for the afternoon. When I met up with Daniëlle, another Dutch girl who has already been at GRC for five quarters, to go to H-Mart, an Asian grocery store in Federal Way where I bought some pretty freaky stuff.
And today I went to Bainbridge Island, west of Seattle. Together with a lot of new European students. I had never expected it to be such a great day. We walked a lot, ate awesome pizza and ice-cream and it didn’t rain until we got on the bus back home.
So, while I’m getting used to Fahrenheit, feet, miles and am and pm again, I had a great time seeing quite some friends from last year again. But I’m also meeting so many new people! At first, during my first night I thought ‘’What am I even doing here, why did I come here again’’ but everything feels different now. I’ve already been through so much these past few days, so many good things, everything really just needs to fall into place.