Well, the days are dwindling down until my much anticipated departure to London. I remember after my last final exam in May thinking that this summer needs to pass by ASAP so I can just leave for London already. However, time has a funny way of flying by a little too fast. I soon found myself wishing it would slow down so I could have more time in Madison. I had a wonderful summer taking classes, spending Tuesday evenings at open mic night on the terrace, tanning out on the docks, hanging out with friends, and of course watching the Badgers dominate in their first football game. After saying my very tearful goodbyes to the best friends I could have ever asked for, I headed out on the open road to Green Bay to start packing and spend time with my family. After going through multiple garbage bags of packed away clothes, trying to fit my life into two suitcases, I will never say that I have nothing to wear again. Now that I’m home and am getting everything set, I could not be more excited to leave and my wishing time would slow down has completely disappeared. I have never been more ready for anything in my life. Although I’m insanely nervous for what’s going to be on the other side of the pond, I am excited and full of anticipation for what’s to come. I thought that it would have hit me by now that I’m not going to be around for the next eight/nine months, but I still cannot wrap my head around the idea.
In all, I cannot wait to start on this once in a lifetime opportunity. People always ask me why did I feel the need to go for a whole year. Answer: why not? When else can you pick up and go to another country, completely free of any real responsibilities? Might as well take advantage of this opportunity. After all, everybody and everything will still be there when I get back.
To conclude with my predeparture post, the beautiful words of Jack Kerouac sums up my thoughts for now: “What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain ‘till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies”. So long Wisconsin, I’ll see you in May!