It’s all my classmates seem to talk about recently. How much they want to go home for Eid. How excited they are about going home for Christmas. Who they’ll visit where while they’re in America in January. There’s a serious rash of homesickness going around, and I’m determined not to catch it!
It’s not that I’m immune. Two years ago in Jordan, when I was unemployed, running out of money, defaulting on my student loans, unable to pay my credit card bills, but being warned by my mother not to come home to an even worse job market in America … I was certainly homesick then! It was the first real case of homesickness I’ve had to face, though … and I don’t want to do that again!
I have a tried-and-true strategy. I ask myself, “Would you give up the amazing things you’re doing abroad right now, just to be back in America?” I can usually convince myself that I would not.
Particularly now! This CASA Fellowship is a privilege and an honor, and I worked too damned hard to get here for me to give it up now! Not only that, but I’m closer to being home than I have been in almost 3 years. I have a guaranteed plane ticket to America in June, paid for by the good ole American taxpayer, and a dozen ideas for summer jobs when I get back there. This is the home stretch, people! Seven more months? Ha! That’s nothing!
And hopefully other people’s homesickness will lessen a little after next week’s 10-day break for Eid … followed by a 4-day weekend for Thanksgiving, which we will be celebrating with a great big CASA potluck!