I was BLANK – As I looked at my examination number printed under the list of successful examinees it’s as if those numbers slowly filled my vision.
Then COMPREHENSION – I’m in! I passed!
Followed by JUBILATION – the world is beautiful again and I can`t stop smiling and calling and talking to anyone who will listen.
Then DISBELIEF – as it sank in that I am truly one of the new students. How can it be? I’m so ordinary. So unexceptional.
Then GRATEFULNESS – for the answered prayers and support of everyone around me.
Then DREAD – for what is ahead. Questions of whether I’ll be able to fulfill what’s expected of me swirled in my mind. Whether I’m qualified for something like this. Am I ready? Will I ever be ready? I wonder…
And finally EXCITEMENT – for the new journey laid in front of me.
All these and more I felt as I beheld the ordinary piece of paper plastered on the glass wall at the entrance of the School of Letters.
I, apparently got accepted for the PhD program for Linguistics of Nagoya University…