I’ve spent the past few days flexing my multitasking muscles wrapping up my jobs, finishing up my exams, and packing to move out of residence. To be honest, it’s all been a lot to do at once! It’s also been quite emotional as I’m finding myself saying goodbye more than anything else these days: goodbye to friends, colleagues, and jobs that I’ve loved. Of course, these are all ‘goodbyes for now’ instead of ‘goodbyes forever’ but it’s still tough. I thought I’d be constantly happy and excited before placement but I’m learning that leaving is much more of a roller-coaster than that. That’s what makes it a journey, after all!
Right now, my pre-placement journey has me sitting in my aunt and uncle’s living room in Ottawa. I’m staying here over the next few days during my pre-departure training with my placement organization in preparation for my eight months in Ghana. During the four-day training, I’ll be learning as much as I possibly can from people who have been in my position before. Basically, I’m going to channel my inner sponge and take lots of notes!
So I’m not exactly at home right now but I’m the closest I’ve been since February for any length of time. I spent a handful of hours at home today between leaving residence in Toronto this morning and arriving in Ottawa this evening. That short time was spent catching up with my family, unpacking all of my things from the car (filling up my bedroom with many, many boxes), and drinking a quick cup of tea. Then, just as fast, my mum and I were back on the road into the city where I’ll stay during training.
I am finally resting, now, for the first time in quite a few days. Like usual, I have a large to-do list but tonight I’m going to ignore it and just spend time relaxing and dreaming about the near future. All the questions my family have been asking me today about my co-op placement have me so energized, reminding me why I’m working so hard right now. It will all be worth it when I step on that plane just thirteen days from today!