In any case, I don't know if I'm just stressing and over thinking things like usual or if I'm actually stressing for good reason this time. Unfortunately, I have this horrible feeling it's the latter for once.
Sorry, I'm being pessimistic again. I'll do my best, and what happens, happens. I survive, and it'll all be a learning experience. I need to focus on the good and exciting things. I mean, I'm finally studying abroad and going to a country with a culture that is so different from mine, and I get to learn about it all along with the language. This is something I've wanted to do for years now, and it's finally happening. In a mere 45 days, I will be flying out of Detroit. 13 hours later I'll be on Japan.
On a side note, it turns out my family really is going to throw a going away party of sorts--just with family, though. As far as I know. Somehow, it feels like a mini-grad party...And I'm not sure if I should be worried that my one relative was.asking how to write my name in Japanese...Anyway, thank you, if any of them are reading this, for going to such lengths and throwing a little party like this! It's a pleasant surprise, since I wasn't expecting anything, really. At least, nothing more than being dropped off at the airport, probably arriving too early, and waiting a teary hour two before going through security and boarding.
On another note, I was just thinking, I feel bad that I can't talk about a whole lot yet, except for a few random things and saying vaguely that such-and-such an application wasn't that hard to complete and a few random things about planes and their tickets and other such things. But I suppose there just isn't much to talk about concerning the application process and preparations. Except complaining about prices and the impossibility of finding appropriate shorts and dresses. Maybe sometime before I go I'll make sure I covered everything I could about the Before things.
Two final things: definitely watch shows in Japanese and listen to Japanese music and other things before going so you can become accustomed to the sound of the language. I know even before taking Japanese, I learned some simple words and phrases just by watching Japanese shows and things. Just, don't speak like they do in anime and dramas and movies and things, because it tends to be very informal and rude. Or so I've been told (and it does seem that way). Although, interviews with bands and things like that might be more realistic, though I'd still be careful.
The other less important thing is that I might come back and post a picture of my dress and ask anyone reading this to tell me if they think it'd be appropriate for formal occasions in Japan. I'm all about second opinions...and third, and fourth, and fifth...Edit:
Here's a picture of the dress I was talking about. If anyone's reading this, could you comment whether or not it's appropriate, please?