Here’s to Many Firsts
“Soon”. That’s the only word I’ve been thinking about as the day of my flight comes closer and closer. It has been a long 3 month winter break and while I am thankful for the long vacation, I’m ready to hop on the plane and go to Japan! It’s weird to think that this study abroad experience will allow me to do a lot of new things that I have never done before. My first two new experiences: getting on a plane and going out of the country. This is going to be the first time I have ever been on a plane, and so I’m pretty excited. Just buying the plane ticket was a whole new experience in itself and it was a task I was easily able to accomplish on my own. My flight is 14 hours long nonstop, so I’m basically going from zero experience to 14 hours worth of it all in one sitting. Thankfully, I will be traveling with a friend who is also apart of the same study abroad program, so the plane ride should pass by a little more quicker.
This final week is filled with last-minute hangouts and packing. For the most part, I have already finished packing but for some reason I can’t shake the feeling that I’m missing a few things. I guess this is just a normal feeling for a lot of people, especially when traveling to a new country. You never know what you do and don’t need, so you try to pack everything even if it doesn’t seem logical to do so. But somehow, I was able to only fill up half my suitcase so maybe I can safely say that I didn’t over pack. So far, I only have one large suitcase and a duffle bag, and sticking to just those two things! I don’t want to have to carry a lot of luggage around Tokyo especially since we have to make to our dorms on our own. If there is ever a case where I need something, I’m better off trying to buy it while in Japan.
For the past couple of months, people have been asking me how I feel about this trip, but in all honesty I don’t really know how I feel. Maybe it’s a little bit of excitement mixed in with a little bit of nervousness, but I’m not entireIy sure. Studying abroad is suppose to be a growing process, and so I sure whatever I am feeling is just apart of that process. All I can say is that I’m in for a lot of new experiences and I can’t wait for it to start! If I had to commit to any feeling, it would be “Let me get on this plane already!”. 9 more days and counting!