T-Minus One Month

Only one month until I start a new chapter of my life doing my Master’s degree in Brighton! Where has the summer gone?

To prepare for my trip, in the next month, I have to…

  • Finish work: Trying to finish strong at my internship to get good recommendations
  • Shop for things I can’t get in the United Kingdom: Thigh chafing relief gel, my make-up brands, etc.
  • Make doctor appointments: To stock up on my prescription pills
  • Take passport photos: For my train pass and university card
  • Set up a bank account abroad: To make paying for my house and phone less of a pain in the arse
  • Pay any final housing fees
  • Set up my English phone number: Thankfully, I still have my SIM card from two years ago, I just have to top up my account
  • Plan and queue blog posts for the next two months (particularly when I’m on holiday)
  • Several “dry runs” of packing: Pack like I’m about to leave, but make sure my bag isn’t overweight and I’m not taking things I don’t need
  • Change out jewelry: For work, I had to keep my smiley and nose jewelry subtle but now that I’m free, I’m getting a horseshoe for my smiley and a nose ring
  • Tattoo appointment: Regrettably, I picked at my tattoo while it was healing and it led to some discoloration, so I’m going to get it touched up as well as a new tattoo with my best friend Sydney
  • Finalize my New York trip plans: I can’t believe I leave in a bit over two weeks!
  • Finalize my trip plans and train for the Camino de Santiago
  • Clean out room by donating things I don’t wear or use
  • Order things I need for my house to pick up once I arrive in Brighton
  • Stay on top of my visa application: I just have to gather my supporting documents and send it out as soon as possible
  • Change the address of tickets I’ve ordered to my new address: I’d hate to have concert tickets arrive at my parents’ house the week before a gig
  • Familiarize myself with my course textbook
  • Create a monthly budget
  • Apply for jobs in Brighton
  • Get in touch with my Buddies: I will soon be paired with several incoming international or exchange students coming to Sussex to mentor
  • Bid friends and family adieu

Phew! I’m tired just writing this. Wish me luck as I’m in the final stretch of preparing for my journey!

Also, I changed my blog title to match my URL, just for consistency sake. No big deal.



  1. Joan Foster
    August 12, 2017 / 3:17 am

    I’m so excited for you. With the trip with your dad and your upcoming graduate studies, I am quite envious. Enjoy every moment!!! I’m sure you will!!! Sending all my love!!

  2. Mom
    August 13, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    This is hard to think about. I love you so much! I will miss you more than you know !! Love you!!! 😘😘💜💜

  3. August 17, 2017 / 7:20 am

    Hey! I’m from Brighton so if you have any questions about the city etc. Feel free to ask! I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time studying here 🙂

    • August 18, 2017 / 5:35 pm

      That’s awesome! I love Brighton! I studied abroad there for a year so dare I say I’m already pretty familiar with it!

  4. Joan Foster
    August 21, 2017 / 1:42 am

    I am so excited for you!!
    Sending all my love,

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