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Preparing For A Year Without Burritos..

June 15, 2016

As September 19 approaches, I feel as if the days are flying by but also that time has stopped suddenly. I feel like I have all the time in the world to stuff my face with as many California burritos and poke bowls as humanly possible. But really, there are less than 100 days separating me from my year in the UK. Luckily for me, my count down to study abroad also happens to be a countdown to the day I get to see my best friend for the first time in over a year!

My best friend, Kris, moved to Denmark about a year ago, with no planning whatsoever. He booked a flight the day after he was accepted into the University (and was on that flight 36 hours later), had no place to live when he arrived, no classes, and no idea what to expect. Luckily for him, he didn’t have to deal with a visa and all of that paperwork that comes with it because he is a citizen of Denmark…With all that differs between my experience so far and his, it is also very similar. I also have no idea what classes I am taking, or what house I will be living in, but unlike him, I have no citizenship in the UK. Bring on the visa paperwork!

Now, I, an extreme planner, still cannot believe how on Earth he did this. I have already started working on an excel spreadsheet of which items of clothing I need to bring and created a plan on how I am going to separate myself from my extensive collection of DVD’s. (Yes, I know, Netflix, but there’s something so special about owning all of your favorite movies.) Also, I tried putting myself on a strict diet plan of at least one burrito per day before I arrive in the tortilla-less land of the United Kingdom. It worked so well, that I am a little over burritos at the moment.. But I’m not a quitter, so I’ll start again next week.

As I stare blankly at my one suitcase and piles of clothes my dad saying, “You can only pack as much as you can carry,” goes around and around in my head. An excel spreadsheet seems like such a good idea until you end up listing every item of clothing you own. It seems so hard to pack your whole life into one suitcase, but who wants to lug 100 pounds of luggage across the world? Not me! I wish I could magically transport my room at home to my new dorm room in England, and if I could, you know what I would definitely include in that room? Burritos.

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