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19. The Big Move
Andrea's big day was finally here. She had
accepted into the medical school of her dream
Boston, and was about to fly there to
her new life. She had gotten the news
her acceptance two months ago, but had spent
that time so busy preparing for the move
she hadn't had time to realize how nervous
really was. It wasn't until it was time
her to get up from the plane seat
she realized her legs were shaking, her heart
racing, and her forehead was sweating.
kept repeating to herself the whole way to
new apartment. She had worked so hard to
here, and she knew that she had nothing
be afraid of. Still, as she looked out
her new living-room window, the world outside looked
too scary to face. Having grown up on
West Coast her whole life, she was not
for how everything looked here. The warm, bright
that she was so used to seeing out
time of year was nowhere to be seen.
's accents seemed completely unfamiliar, and the people even
taller than normal.
She decided to stay in
safety of her apartment that night and didn't
outside until it was time for her class
following afternoon. As the professor asked some basic
to see what level everyone was at, Andrea's
went completely blank. "Oh no!" she thought to
. "I'm not even supposed to be here! Everyone
so much more than me." Just then, the
pointed at her and asked her a question
the functions of the spinal cord. As frightened
she was, the answer was just blurted out
her mouth instinctively. "Impressive!" says the teacher. "You'll
just great here." she assured her. As the
walked away, one of the pesky giant ants
across Andrea's desk. She quickly flicked it off
edge, and then smiled confidently.