Tomorrow I will FINALLY be leaving the country. I will be putting myself 17 hours ahead from the world I am used to and following my many friends abroad at immersing myself in a completely new culture. Australia here I come!
For now, I sit here in my suburban Chicago home. The same house I have lived in my entire life. Yes, I recently left it three years ago to attend the beloved University of Wisconsin – Madison, but that is only a mere two and half hours away from my home. I stayed in the same time zone and could hop on a bus whenever I felt the urge for some home-cooked meals or needed a break from the college bustle. But now, in case you weren’t totally sure, I won’t be able to just hop on a bus across the Pacific.
My life, for the next four months, is up in the air from here on out. I have no idea what to expect and as much as I try to mentally prepare myself for this experience I know I won’t fully be ready until I arrive in Sydney. Surprisingly though, this six week long break has cleared all of my nerves. My usual routine, of butterflies in my stomach and making up any excuse to bail, seems to be nonexistent. So far, so good, but maybe once I actually get to the airport it will start to hit me and all of these things will change.
I picture this whole thing as being somewhat like going to sleep away camp for a month when I was twelve. More or less extremely different, I know. So what if I was miserable for the first 4 days and couldn’t quite keep a meal down to save my life (crossing our fingers I have matured a little since then). After I got past that, I was crying as the count down to leave camp continued to near. I spent the next 4 consecutive summers having the time of my life at this home away from home, making experiences that I would remember for the rest of my life. I’m sure what Australia has to offer won’t be easy to forget either!
Taking classes, having an internship and living in Sydney are going to open my life up to a number of opportunities. I am not going with any familiar faces, so meeting tons of new and interesting people is high on the agenda. I would like to say that Madison has well prepared me for chapter in my life and I am so eager for the journey to begin! As we have all heard many times, the college years are some of the best of your life. Being in Australia while also being in college is really going to bring that saying to a whole new level and I cannot wait!
When I write again I will be ‘Down Under’, taking advantage of every experience I can get my hands on. I look forward to sharing this journey with you through my blog. Wish me luck on my arrival and if I’ve got this down right…G’day mates!