Friday, August 13, 2010

How to Apply for a Passport in 30 minutes or less

How to Apply for a Passport in 30 Minutes or Less (and find where you need to apply to!)

1) Tell your father you need to renew your passport, or else you can't go to Iceland. Tell him we have to go NOW.

2) Find out what building you need to go to, and by random choice, go to the court house.

3) The court house was the right building, after all. Head to the office you first applied for your passport in 4 years ago, and hope its the right one. Get there an hour before they close.

4) Ask if it's the right room, and once confirmed, ask what you need. Take the form, and start making phonecalls.

5) Drive to the grocery store to get an instant passport photo, call your mother, tell her to be at the courthouse in 15 minutes with your birth certificate, passport, and social security number.

6) Rendezvous at the court house 30 minutes before they close, fill out the form lightning fast, then slap it on the desk.

7) Fill out checks for application fees.

8) Take some oath saying that you aren't forging information, and then leave. Complete.

This was a very hectic process, but it is now done. I am one step closer. I'm steadily making progress on my full application, and I'm almost halfway done, but there is oh so much more.

To all who have viewed, donated, and forwarded this blog: thank you! Thank you so much! I don't think there is a way I can view who donated what, but if there was, I would send everyone an individual thank you e-mail! Remember, this fundraiser doesn't end until August 6th, 2011, so tell your friends, forward those emails!

Takk, og bless bless!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Who am I?

Who am I? Why AFS?
My name is Aaron Talley, and I am currently a sophomore at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic high school in Kerrville, Texas. I like to do a lot of drawing and photography, and I love to hike, backpack, so it seems like I'll be able to do all 4 at the same time in Iceland. So, I say Iceland because this is where I would love to go to study abroad for a year. I chose to go with AFS, American Field Services, because of their lengthy history and great support for the students, regardless of what plan I chose. They have a great community, and I've heard they still provide a lot of help while you're in your host country.

What do I expect to gain from the experience? What will I give in return?
 I expect to become a more mature, tolerant young adult. To be a foreign exchange student and live in a foreign culture, not just a country, for a year is an opportunity I will probably not have again. I've always thought of living in Iceland as a dream come true, but I thought I might visit first, and this is my best option, to live there for an entire year. Here in the Hill Country of Texas, I do a lot of community service, and if I moved to Iceland in the future, I would be active in Boyscouts (as I am here) and helping the local communities there.

Why do I need help financing this adventure?
 I am willing to do anything to finance this trip, because if I'm not able to come up with the funds myself, I would possibly have to take  out a loan, or borrow money from relatives, and relatives can charge however much interest they like (trust me!). I already have a job at a local Diner bussing tables, but during school I won't be able to work but only on weekends, and that won't cover my tuition.

What do I plan to do to fundraise?
I plan to sell drawings and crafts, but I won't be able to sell enough duct tape wallets to pay for it all, so I'm asking you, to chip in just a little, because every cent counts. I know that times and funds can be tight, but I'm only asking for a little.
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