University of Wisconsin–Madison

Pilot Episode

It’s been just under a week since my last final exam, and in a few short days, I’ll be boarding a plane to Scotland! Well technically I’ll be flying to London and taking a bus or train to Glasgow, but I figure it’s an excellent opportunity to seen the British countryside. Bonus: I may just get a chance to visit King’s Cross Station, and platform 9 ¾.

There’s still so much to do. For some reason, as soon as I get home, my innate lethargy takes over and the work begins to pile up. It doesn’t help that I bought a new video game (Dragon Age Inquisition, if anyone’s curious). I’ve still got lots of things to buy, forms to fill out, and people to visit before I depart. I haven’t even started packing yet. I’m excited, of course, but I’ll feel so much better once I’m finally on the plane.

I’m surprisingly not nervous about this. I’ve been abroad on my own before (Japan and France), and I’m mainly focused on all the adventures I’m about to have. I’ve signed up for a few tours and social events, and am currently compiling a list of all the places I want to see during the next few months. I know I may not get to everything, and I’ll be doing plenty of things I haven’t anticipated, but that’s exactly what’s so fun. As much as I like to plan, I enjoy it even more when my plans are blown to bits. There’s only one rule I need to follow: never say no to any opportunities just because I’m uncomfortable. The only things I’ve ever regretted were not taking chances that I should have. Not terribly original thinking, but true nonetheless.

Now that I’ve said this, I feel like I need to amend that rule with “within reason.” It makes it slightly less pithy, but I think it’s necessary.

Other than that, there’s nothing to report. I’m sure I’ll have a lot more stories to tell when I finally arrive.

Until next time,

Aika Wojt