Two Days Until Departure!
It’s hard to believe that next week I’ll be in another country, adjusting to a new life. I spent most of my time the past few months focusing on the practical aspects of studying abroad. I’ve pondered over packing (how do you fit six months worth of necessities into one suitcase?), submitted documents (more than I ever imagined would be necessary), and argued over the weather with my mother (she is convinced that Belfast- my destination-is colder than Antarctica).
But things have started to come together these last few days. I’m subjecting my room to a master cleanse. I want everything to be neat and orderly when I leave. I’ve started to say goodbye to all of my friends from home. My goodbyes to college friends were unfortunately rushed since I had to move out of my dorm shortly after my last exam while many were still studying for finals. I’ve very carefully folded the clothes going into my suitcase since I’m not sure when I’ll next have a chance to use an ironing board. And I’ve enjoyed the weather. Northern Ireland, my destination, is not known for it’s sunny days.
As the day of my departure draws close, I have become increasingly excited. I’ve traveled abroad before (but never for such an extended period of time), and I’ve found that traveling allows some for self-exploration while exploring new cultures. I feel more vibrant now than I have in a long time, and I can’t wait for what the next few months have in store for me.
Today’s Word of Advice
After my experiences with close calls (my UK Visa just came in today!), I highly recommend starting on the paperwork early for anyone who intends to study abroad.