“Leed”-ing up to Leeds

The more that I prepare to leave for Leeds, the more I feel bittersweet about leaving. There are a lot of things I’m going to miss while I’m away, but there are also many things that I look forward to. I’ve compiled two small lists that explain what I’ll miss and what I look forward to.

Things I’ll miss:

  1. First and foremost, my family and friends. I surround myself with these people almost 24/7 so I will greatly miss them being around me. I wish that I could have this experience with them by my side.
  2. My dog Levi. Below is an adorable photo of him playing in the snow.
How can you not miss a face like that?!
  1. Ian’s pizza and Babcock Hall ice cream. Two of my favorite foods that I treat myself to when I’m on campus.
  2. My bed. I hope my bed is comfortable in my Leeds housing because I love my sleep. The key to a great night of sleep is a comfortable bed.

Things I look forward to:

  1. Seeing where I’ll be living. I’m in the dorms on campus. Their dorms seem a lot nicer than Madison’s because I’ll have my own room AND own bathroom, so I’m really excited about that.
  2. My first week of classes. I’m taking a class called ‘Forensic Psychology’ so I’m most excited to see if I enjoy that class. I’m also curious to see how the classroom setup and style may differ from Madison’s.
  3. Being away from the massive amounts of snow. These past few days have been snow filled for Madison, so I’m excited to get away from it. I’m not even bringing my big parka winter jacket, which I’m hoping I don’t regret.
  4. Meeting new people. I’ve met with a few UW Madison people from my program already so I’m excited to get to know them better and also meet new people from my dorm and classes.
  5. Checking out all of the restaurants that Leeds has to offer. I’m hoping to find some restaurants that I love as much as Ian’s pizza and Babcock Hall ice cream.

“Bittersweet” is the perfect adjective to sum up my feelings about leaving. I have a lot that I’m looking forward to, but I’m going to miss all of the important people in my life at home. I’m trying to remember that these ‘bitter’ feelings that I have are only temporary and I’ll be reunited with my family, friends, and dog before I know it. Overall, I’m excited to have this experience in Leeds. Being in a new city and meeting new people will be a fun adventure that I look forward to.