T-5 days until departure
I’m moving to New Zealand in less than a week. Saying ‘I’m moving to New Zealand’ feels a lot more serious than ‘I’m studying in New Zealand’, and I think it’s important for me to specify that I’m moving, because I have to prepare for so much more than just studying. I’m blogging from my hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’ve been here for a few weeks since I finished school in Colorado and I’m basically just making sure I have all my loose ends squared away while I spend time with family and friends before I go. I’ve done almost everything I can to prepare at this point, I’m just waiting to hear back from my bank to see if I got approved for a credit card (for emergencies and credit building) and I need to call in and pick up a three months supply of my prescriptions, which I got approval to do from my insurance yesterday. None of this is fun or interesting, but it feels exciting because it means I’ll have more time in Dunedin to focus on fun things.
When I left for college in Colorado, my family and I spent a lot of time stressing about all the little things I would need. I ended up leaving for school with way more random stuff given to me by friends and family than I had room for. I feel like leaving for school out of state has prepared me for this moment to a degree, but this time I can’t just have someone overnight me my birth certificate when I need it for something. I need to be sure I have everything taken care of. Having IFSA-Butler there as a contact and a resource has been massively comforting. I’m nervous to be so far away for so long, but I’m so excited that this is all coming together. This is an unbelievable opportunity that I will always be grateful for.