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Meghan L
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Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 1:31 am:   

I'm currently applying to the PC. I have one year left of undergrad, and since I really want to live abroad for a couple years after college and want to one day be a lawyer working in international human rights, I have considered becoming a PCV between undergrad and law school for a few years now. I find myself on this wild roller coaster of emotions ranging form complete excitement to complete dread when I contemplate what my life could be like if I am selected as a volunteer. My main fear is being depressingly lonely while I'm there. I'm not worried about homesickness because my school is a 13 hour drive away from my family, and I've lived abroad on two separate occasions for months at a time. It's more that I have this nightmarish vision of me sitting in a hut in the middle of nowhere every night for 27 months completely alone with only giant cockroaches to keep me company that keeps creeping up to haunt me whenever I log-on to the application... I know that everyone's experience is different, but in general are there other PCVs close by or does the community allow you to assimilate to the point that you have a social life? Is there even enough free time to have a social life? Also, is my being doubtful about joining normal, or is it unwise to rely on my sheer determination to prove to myself that I am capable of volunteering to get me through? Any other information that anyone has to share is completely welcome! Thanks!
Lawrence F. Lihosit (lawreflihosit)
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 7-2010
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Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 12:54 am:   

Everyone is afraid. That's the difference between a normal person and a psycho. If you are worried about controling your fear then don't go. Peace Corps might be for generalists but it ain't for amateurs. Social life? Do you have one now? If you do and bother to learn a foreign language you'll have one there. If you sit at home and watch television all alone, you might be in trouble.

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