It was a few days of ulcer-causing stress, but in the end everything went fine. Temvelo arrived on Sunday night after only a slight delay. She made it through security and immigration without any problems, despite the passport worries. Even the I-20 ended up being a non-issue. It wasn't actually lost, she had it with her the whole time.
Turns out that when she got her student visa at the US Consulate they also gave her a sealed envelope and told her not to open it, just give it to the immigration officer when she comes. So that's what she did. When they opened the envelope, there was the I-20 that she'd thought she'd misplaced somewhere.
We are just glad that she made it. And what a LONG journey! Now she's catching up on her sleep before the whirlwind of activity begins. I think the sensory overload and culture shock has already begun, but she seems to be doing awesome. A little bit quiet and shy, of course, but once she adjusts I can tell that she is going to do great.
We'll keep you updated on her progress, and will also be sending more info about our 2014 students who are just beginning their journeys, studying for the TOEFL exam. Don't forget our challenge - if we raise $2,000 by the end of August, a group of donors will donate another $2,000.
Thank you for your continued support!