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Ready To Go!!

Well, here goes nothing! I’ll start off with a little background on me. I’m currently in my 4th year at Florida State University down in Tallahassee (Go Noles!!). I’m studying business management and finance and I will have two semesters left once I’m done with my time in Melbourne. For the first 18 years of my life, I grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. I’m sure you’re wondering how I could have possibly managed to pack up and move to the tundra of Florida after 18 years in sunny Minnesota… Trust me, it was rough!
As far as studying abroad, I was never really that interested while in high school or during my first few years of college. I was definitely one of the kids who would watch the FSU study abroad presentations before class, take a brochure, and then toss it in the trash after that day’s lecture. However, a few recent events dramatically changed that. First, a friend of mine from high school studied in Melbourne around this time last year and absolutely raved about it. After reading his blog and hearing more and more stories, I could understand why! The deciding factor for me was last summer when I took a three week backpacking trip with two good friends across Europe. This was my first time outside of the United States (unless you count Canada? I don’t..) and I had the time of my life. I think that was the first time that it finally clicked for me that there is so much to see in this world! I have always loved to travel, and have been all across the country with my family and friends, but travelling internationally opened up so many new possibilities. While in Europe we visited Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and England, and met (and lived with) people from ALL over the world including Colombia, China, Finland, England, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Australia, and so many more. This brings me to my next point, Australia.
Out of all the people we crossed paths with, the Aussies were some of the coolest and most fun people of all. After hanging out for days, swapping stories (and ciders) for hours, and hearing so much about their country, I knew this was a place I had to see! Instead of listing the next 6 months of steps that I took in preparation for this coming semester, I’ll sum it up with this.. I called IFSA-Butler one day in the summer, told them my situation, told them what I was interested in doing, and they took care of everything. Sound simple? For the most part, it was! Other than the last second deadlines that I tested while waiting for my course approvals from FSU, and all the begging that I had to do with my counselor and business school chairman, everything went very smoothly. Mr. Owen and the rest of the Butler staff were very helpful during this process and this made it very stress-free for me!
So now all that all the background info is over with, here comes the good stuff! I leave in 2 days!!! Well, kind of. I’m flying out of Minneapolis to Santa Barbara, CA on Thursday morning to stay with a friend for the weekend. I’ve run into my fair share of weather delays in my flying career and wasn’t about to let this trip be affected by another one. The Butler group flight leaves on Saturday night, and gets in on Monday morning. So Monday is when the adventure officially begins! If you can’t tell, I’m extremely anxious! The past few weeks have been spent slowly getting things put together and lazing around the house. Actually, today was probably the most exciting day yet; I went out and bought new socks and underwear for the trip! As soon as I finish writing this I’ll be headed back up to my room to continue packing, with the big goal being to finish it tonight. Woo, big day!
Before I write a whole novel here, I’ll wrap it up and end with a few last things..
1)    This is my first blog; bear with me. Although this one was pretty long, I’ll probably shorten them up as I go (and make them more interesting!).
2)    I’m not an English major. I also scraped by with a B in my creative writing class in school. So I apologize if I don’t use many big words or if I go off topic sometimes, haha. I also like exclamation points!
3)    People seem to like me because I am polite and I am rarely late. I like to eat ice cream and I really enjoy a nice pair of slacks.
4)    Well done if you got the last reference! If not, google it =)
Well I’m off to pack some more and enjoy my last 2 days at home. In my future blogs I’ll explain a little more about some things I am looking forward to, although I really have no expectations and will just take it one day at a time for now! Every day will be filled with new and exciting things and I couldn’t be more ready to get it started. If anybody else reading this is also heading out from LAX on Saturday, see you at the gate! I’ll be the guy with the backpack and clothes on, asking everybody close to my age if they’re with Butler, haha. That’s all for now, hopefully my next entry will be full of good stuff!
Cheers,
Dan

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