As I type this, I am surrounded by clothes scattered haphazardly around my room. I’m stress-eating and glancing over a to-do list that is growing longer by the second. This is me packing for London!
Although I’m not physically prepared to leave (read: I literally have one pair of boots and a jacket packed so far), I think I am mentally prepared for the journey. I’ve read through my travel guides, talked with a few friends who have spent semesters in London and offered indispensable advice, and have coordinated plans with my roommates to move into our flat. (I feel a little pretentious when I refer to “our London flat.”)
As cliché as it sounds, I’m excited to step out of my comfort zone this semester. I am looking forward to visiting as many countries as possible and immersing myself in the culture. I’m a little embarrassed at how concerned I am with how I will function without my smartphone…and how I will live without Wegmans. (If you know me at all, you know how emotionally attached I am to Wegmans. Every day you get their best!) But the end of the semester, I hope that I’ll have had experiences that will make those concerns seem trivial. I’m making it my goal to visit one new place per day, even if it’s simply a new store or restaurant. (Another goal: drink at least one cup of tea per day. It is London, after all, and I love tea.)
I’m looking forward to going on some of the field trips organized by the SU London Program and taking classes in the Faraday House, which is the SU program headquarters. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the program and how well executed it is.
This blog will chronicle all of my experiences this semester, from arrival (August 30) to departure (December 15). I will gratefully accept any travel tips, so feel free to comment on my posts.