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Last Day in the USA!

I woke up this morning and realized that not only do I have only one more night in my bed, but this is my last day in the USA!  The word “Excited” cannot even begin to explain how I’m feeling right now.  Tomorrow morning I will be leaving my house around 6am in order to  make a connecting flight to JFK, where I will departing on the group flight to Heathrow.  Once at Heathrow I will be met by the IFSA team and they will be taking myself and the other students to orientation.

People keep asking me if I’m nervous, and honestly the reality of it hasn’t hit me yet.  I’ve visited London before but, it’s going to be completely different living there for 3 months.  There’s going to be a bit of culture shock, however I’m ready for this new experience to start.

Last but not least, the dreaded packing.  Friends of mine that have already left for their study abroad programs have told me it’s extremely stressful packing for an entire semester.  In an attempt to make it a little bit more fun I’ve coupled my attempts at practicing on my new camera and packing by making a short spoof video.

In all seriousness I’ve only packed clothes that I can easily layer, some going-out outfits, warm-weather clothes (if I decide to travel to a warmer places), and of course shoes that I can easily walk around in.  Currently, the contents of my 3 month stay in London are sprawled out in neat, little piles on my ping pong table.  I’m crossing my fingers that they make a smooth transition to my suitcase and that they weigh in under 70 pounds.  My saving grace is that I’ve purchased a couple “space bags”  that will hopefully compress my heavy sweaters and jackets.   Like I said, *fingers crossed*.

xox, Francesca




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