It was an exceptionally lovely morning at the Circus Berlin Hostel just days before the 2006 World Cup. (I wasn’t there for the games though. Tickets were too expensive and the only player I know is Beckham).
The previous night was a wickedly great night for many reasons – watched an opera production for the very first time in my life (thanks to my BFF Bernard), enjoyed an interesting meal in a Russian restaurant (another first for me), and danced the night away in the hostel basement bar. Bernard and I felt that the night was a prelude to something big and fabulous!
I usually ignore e-mails during vacation trips but that particular morning, I decided to check my e-mail as there were “rumors” in the EMLE message board that the scholarship results would be out at the end of May.
So there I was in the hostel’s internet corner:
Bernard: May results na?
Jill: Logging in yahoomail pa. Results daw end of May. May 30 na! End of May na!!!
Bernard: People on-line news: Angelina Jolie gave birth na pala! 3 days ago pa. We are so out of touch with the rest of the world.
“E-mail Subject Title: Approval of nomination for EMLE Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
Dear prospective EMLE student,
Today we have received news from the European Commission, that our nominations for Erasmus Mundus student scholarships are approved. This means that you are now officially selected to receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to finance your participation in the EMLE programme. Congratulations!”
(Lots of hugging and screaming follow. Strangers start to look puzzled/amused/ puzzled and amused.)
After the hugging and screaming
It was a little weird when the news started sinking in. It was only the third day of our trip but suddenly, I felt like going back home that very moment. I wanted to hug my family! I wanted to scream with my friends!
I went back to the room, dialed Mommy’s number and started jumping up and down the bed!
European Masters in Law & Economics (06-07)
Bologna, Italy/ Hamburg, Germany/Manchester, UK
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