It’s been a journey, guys. The stress is certainly real, but don’t worry; it’s not nearly as real as the excitement. Very real of course, but that’s not what today’s post is about. Today it is about the very real stress and panic, plus some fun bonus stuff to keep it lighthearted (Got to keep it real for the fans).
For anyone that is planning to study abroad, start planning early. That really cannot be stressed enough; the planning takes time; at least it does for someone as anxiety-prone as myself. Not only am I struggling to get the paperwork ready, but there really is so much prep that goes into leaving the country. Not to mention the fact that finding the right time to call the host university is definitely easier said than done (I mean really, 7 hours doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is). Emailing will honestly be your best friend, it’s easy for people that don’t like talking on the phone, and gives you time to formulate exactly what you want to say.
If you are anything like me, you need at least an extra week to have something big done before the due date is actually there. I’m the person in the group project that gets everything done because I find it unbearable to wait until the last moment. This visa stuff is hitting the deadline pretty close (not to mention the fact that British terms can get confusing, I mean, are they REALLY using English?). Plus there are about ten different steps and documents you have to have. Who do you even send it to? A solid question since I am currently completely uncertain about that. Not to mention the fact that all of these important documents have to be sent out and that’s just stressful itself.
So yeah, plenty of stress on the side of documents, CAS numbers, housing, and even just trying to figure out who to email to get answers about literally everything. Trust me, you will have so many ridiculous questions, but it’s better just to ask. Don’t try to figure everything out on your own, the abroad people on both ends are insanely helpful. As a forewarning I would like to apologize for the lack of photos that have been in these posts, I promise to have pictures for the posts that are happening when I am gone.
Now, for the fun stuff, I absolutely love looking up all of the different places to travel. I have about eight pages worth of places to visit all over Europe, but please feel free to reach out with suggestions. I would love to have options from everyone, because why not. Let me know if you think I should share the already growing list, or maybe I will just share it anyway because I get to do whatever I want with this blog.
Finally, I just want to take a moment to thank everyone for keeping up with the journey. I am so excited to share my experiences and thoughts while I am away! If you guys have any suggestions for what you want to be reading, don’t hesitate to let me know! I am so ready to take some suggestions, not that I’m out of ideas already…haha. Okay loves, that seems to be all I’ve got, stay tuned for next weeks post!