“I know you can be overwhelmed and underwhelmed, but can you ever be just whelmed?”
…”I think you can in Europe”
–10 Things I Hate About You
I had my study abroad orientation for Santiago, Chile today. I leave mid-February, but I would definitely say I’m feeling just whelmed. I resisted the temptation to roll my eyes (I know I’m a jerk) while people asked questions like: “How dangerous is it exactly?” ” You’re positive we can drink the water there?” and “I’ve heard that women in Chile dress much more conservatively than American women, how should we dress?”
Before leaving for Colombia I was in a constant state of such intense feelings. Excited, worried, feeling totally uninformed, losing sleep etc. Some days I felt as if I was willingly walking towards a death sentence, while many around me confirmed this with cute comments like: “Don’t get abducted by the FARC, watch out for the cocaine, etc.”
I’m feeling totally safe and secure going to Chile, and as a result I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about it. I know that once I’m there I will be extremely excited to once again be surrounded by Latin culture, and I’m sure I will quickly feel at home.
I guess for now though, I’m just feeling whelmed…I guess also proving to be the exception to the rule from above as I’m located in Wisconsin, not Europe.