It’s Finally Sunk In – We’re Headed to Russia

Over the next two weeks and Ball State University are working in conjunction on an exciting project to cover the Sochi Olympic games through the eyes of 22 student journalists. These are their stories…

Written by Joe Ruley/BSU at the Games

sochi olympic games ball state bsu at the gamesI’m currently flying 37,005 ft. above the Atlantic at 626 mph. On top of that, I’m one of the few who are still awake on this dimly lit Airbus, and it’s finally sunk in.

This trip is really happening. I can’t believe it. I’m going to Russia.

We’ve all worked so hard to come to this point. We’ve had an uncountable amount of mental breakdowns, documents that are impossible to keep track of, and enough stress-sweat to fill multiple Olympic pools.

I added greatly to the stress sweat when I thought I screwed myself on funding.

Leave it to me to fully pay the $3,655 for the trip but then forget to give myself any spending money. It’s an awful feeling thinking you’re about to fly to the opposite side of the Earth penniless. Thoughts of selling myself on the corner instantly came into play. But,  I made a few phone calls, sprinted to the nearest Chase ATM and wrote myself a check from an account my parents set up for me when I was 16.

I cashed the check just moments before going through customs and boarding the plane.

Doing things last second is always my style. Side note, it also made me realize my wife, whoever she is, needs to have the patience of multiple Buddhist monks because I take the cake when it comes to absent minded idiots.

After the fiasco at the airport and boarding my flight to Amsterdam, I’ve finally been able to take a breather. The complimentary Heinekens help as well. Yes, I said complimentary beer. Check.

This flight has also made me realize I’ll be staying up for a solid forty hours. I couldn’t sleep last night because I was giddy about flying out of the country and now I can’t sleep because I’m fixated on watching the plane on the screen in front of me move closer and closer to Amsterdam.

It’s as fun as watching glue dry. But when you have seven hours to kill, and you’ve read your New Yorker magazine twice, anything is interesting.

Cheers from 36,999 ft.

bsu at the games sochi olympics joe ruleyJoe Ruley, Marion, Ind. native, is a senior magazine journalism major and is hoping to break into the world of automotive journalism.

BSU at the Games is a freelance news agency operated by 22 student journalists reporting from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games through an immersive-learning program at Ball State University.

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