In December, I found out that I was accepted into the PIRE program. How wonderful! In December, traveling to Granada to do linguistics research seemed light-years away. Last night as I was presenting my research proposal to my fellow PIRE students, it hit me. In about one week, I will be in Granada, Spain conducting research. Now it seems like mere milliseconds (ha ha eye-tracking joke).
Since I will be leaving before finals week, there is so much to do. I have to finish up all my classwork and hand in projects early; not to mention pack and prepare my self for the summer abroad. It might seem like a daunting task to most, but all I can do is enjoy every minute.
Here is my advice to all PIRE scholars: Plan ahead as much as you can, but don't let life stress you out. We have brilliant faculty members making sure we have everything in line. We have prepared for months. We have an opportunity that is pure fantasy to most.
My philosophy for the summer will be this: enjoy every moment, turn every stress into a solution, and smile always.
Good luck to all PIRE scholars wherever you are going! May you do stellar research and learn at every opportunity.