Okay, where do I even start.. Hmm. Alright, I’ll just start by saying I’m starting this blog at this moment because it is my first day here in London and I AM COMPLETELY JET LAGGED and CANNOT SLEEP. It is currently September 9, 2015, 5:28 am, and I have to be at my international orientation at 8 am.. Crazy right? I’m pondering whether I should just stay up at this point. I probably should though, right? I mean, I’m starting this blog an hour before the sun is about to rise so might as well. I’ll just talk about my whole study abroad experience so far and I’ll see where it goes from there. Excuse me if I go out of order as this is my first time doing a blog like this lol.
Getting your visa: I want to harp this for anyone that plans on studying abroad for a year; please do not wait during your last month and a half to start your visa process. It is very overwhelming when you’re about two weeks away from your departure and you still have not yet received your visa. When you get the email from the study abroad office in June, make sure you start that visa process ASAP. I was pretty worried that I wasn’t going to get my visa in time, let alone them accepting it (I’m pretty sure they accept every students application though).
Pre-Departure and Departure: Okay, so this was probably the hardest part of the trip so far; saying goodbye to all your friends and family. The last few days before I left, I wanted to spent time with my friends and family as much as I could so I decided to have bbq/bonfire at the beach (which was a huge success I may add lol). My friends also decided to pay their last visit at my house before I left, which I thought was amazing. They brought a large box of pizza from my favorite pizza place and put a candle in the middle of it lol. Yea, I cried when they all were leaving my house.. thank god only a couple of them saw that though haha. Now, saying goodbye to my family was the hardest part. Sobbing, tears, yes, they were everywhere.. You can already imagine what that’s like.. and that’s normal. But afterwards, you’ll feel a lot better when those tears are gone. Arriving at the airport, going through TSA, and finally being able to sit down on my seat on the plane, I began to realize, this is it. There’s no going back now, Bryan! I had a long 12 hour flight ahead of me and in my head I was thinking, “WTF am I gonna do for 12 hours?!” Luckily, I had a wonderful air line (I highly recommend Air New Zealand) in which they offered free movies, games, their dinner was pretty good, and their breakfast was ehhhh. But the stewardess were really considerate about everybody on board. When I was asked would I like tea or coffee, I asked for coffee and the stewardess goes, “how do you take that?” In my head I was thinking to myself, “what in name does she mean by that..” So I told the lady, “Uhm, I’ll just have water instead,” because I had no idea what she meant. Moments later I realized though she was asking if i liked it black or with cream and sugar lol. Any who, I recommend this flight. It’s a long flight but they’ll surely make you feel comfortable.
Arrival: I got to the Heathrow airport at 12 pm and I had immediately felt like I was in another planet. I was 5,5oo miles away from anybody I knew, I have no friends at the moment, and I’m starting to think to myself, how am I gonna survive out here.. As soon as I gathered my luggage, I called for a taxi driver to take me to Brunel University. My first culture shock was probably seeing the cars drive on the opposite side as what Americans and other countries do. So my taxi driver arrived and he was really generous! He offered his insight on what touristy things to do in London, best way to transport, and what food restaurants I need to try! I had finally arrived at Brunel around 3pm. Getting to my room was a mess because I had absolutely no idea where anything was.. After about 30 minutes of searching, I finally found my building. I was excited to meet all the new people in my flat! I was getting ready for a journey of a life time. Once I got settled in, I took a 4 hour nap which was a terrible idea because the only way to fix a jet lag is by forcing yourself to stay up, hence why I’m still up at the moment. Well, I haven’t met anyone yet, but hopefully by tomorrow, I’ll get to meet people from all over the world. Okay, I’m gonna try to go to bed now. I have to wake up in about an hour. Until next time!!
Okay I’m not sure why this didn’t post on the day of. Welp.