I leave for the east coast tomorrow morning and although I won’t be in the United Kingdom for another two weeks or starting my program for another month, this feels like the beginning of my study abroad journey.
Although my time at home was relaxing, I did well to keep myself busy by tackling my mile-long to do list, including shopping for travel supplies and a warmer, more weather-tolerant wardrobe, attending appointments, exchanging currency and applying for a visa. I made sure to spend quality time with my family and friends by going to movies, dining out, staying in, or simply talking.
I got a lot of my university information, including accommodation. I landed my second choice, Lancaster House, the closest dorm-style accommodation they have. I will be supposedly be sharing a kitchen with my whole wing (ten other people) and a bathroom with four other people, but I will have my own room with a wash basin. I’m not entirely sure what to expect, but I’m excited to meet new people and settle in. I really enjoyed interacting with everyone in the dorms my freshman year at Arizona State and I look forward to having a similar arrangement abroad but with my own room. My university address is:
Lancaster House Room 105
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex
United Kingdom BN1 9QP
I also got my “buddy” assigned to me. The University of Sussex gas a program called Buddy Scheme, where freshman, international students and exchange students can be paired with a British student for advise, resources and more. My buddy’s name is Victorija, she’s Latvian and a third year like myself. She’s been offering me all sorts of pearls of wisdom about academics and campus life. She has really helped put my mind at ease and I can’t wait to meet her in person!
I have been planning and waiting for my study abroad program for about a year on top of longing to travel for several years prior and it’s surreal to think it all begins tomorrow. I’m thankful for everyone who has supported me, especially my family and British friends, who made this possible by giving me advice and being awesome hosts.
I will look back on tomorrow as the first day of one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I can’t wait to share it with all my readers.