the update: I was accepted to Stanford's Overseas Study Program in MADRID!! I am so excited. And to make matters even better Hoku and my other two friends Roni and Jenna got into the Florence program, so we will all be in Europe at the same time and can meet up and travel together. As my mom can attest, I was feeling anxious about it because it is a new program, so it's really popular and competitive and all that. Anyway, I'm super stoked, and wanted to share the good news.