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Pre-Departure

Considering I leave to study abroad in two days, I should probably begin packing, planning out my trip across Europe, or filling out the loads of paperwork for my program. Instead, I decided it would be a good idea to procrastinate even further and write my first blog post!

I’m writing this from Davidson College in North Carolina, where I’m currently a junior. Oxford doesn’t begin until early October, so I’ve had the privilege of spending some time back at school for a few weeks before heading overseas. I thought this time at school without any classes would be the perfect time to plan out my semester, do a ton of research about all the places I will be visiting, and relax. While this sounds like a great idea in theory, I think I’ve put a little too much emphasis on the relaxing part of the plan (see the first paragraph of this blog). While I’ve had the best time here at school, the anxiety has set in!

As I mentioned, my program doesn’t start until relatively late, so I’m spending about three weeks beforehand traveling across Europe! I’ll be alternating staying in youth hostels and staying with friends who are also abroad, and I can’t wait to experience so many different cities and cultures in such a short amount of time. My plans are still up in the air, but I definitely plan on visiting Berlin, Interlaken, Amsterdam, Paris, and Edinburgh before heading to London for orientation. I guess now is the time to begin making those plans definite…

In between procrastinating, downloading new travel music, and buying books for my Kindle, I’ve been slowly saying bye to all of my friends here at Davidson, which has been the hardest part to date. That being said, I still have to fit all of my belongings into one 50-pound suitcase, so the hardest part of the process is likely to change in the near future.

Ultimately, my excitement has trumped my apprehension, and now more than anything I’m ready to start my European adventure!

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