To those of you who have been following my blog on tumblr, I hope you made this transition easily. I've decided that blogger/blogspot is a much more appropriate site for a text blog. To those of you who just discovered this blog, welcome! I hope I'm not too boring.
My trip is only 19 days away, and I am getting to the point where I am kind of nervous. My Visa came in, and that is essentially the last thing that needed to be done other than actually hop on a plane and get over there. I have to get my classes approved for academic credit, but I cannot truly do that until I get to sign up for my classes. The issue is that I cannot sign up for classes until I am completing orientation at JKU. So it looks like for now all I can really do is make a packing list and try and have my course descriptions available for approval.
Right now I am fortunate enough to be in Chattanooga visiting friends. I was in Knoxville Friday and Saturday as well, and I am so glad I get to see some of my friends and Family before I head out. It is crazy to think that in 18 days I will be all packed up, going to bed for the last time in a long time at home. I'll miss all of that.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
While this trip is 98% going to happen, I need that official letter to apply for my visa. Once I get my visa, the trip is officially, for sure, 100% going to occur. I have been told that should come in the mail in mid-December. This means that at the turn of the year, almost all details surround my trip will have been determined. As a stressed out girl who is currently frazzled by finals, this makes me so excited!
I will be sure to let everyone know when that letter comes in, and then when I officially get my visa, but until now I will just breathe easy at the though that it is almost all taken care of.
Sending up prayers that it all comes through.
67 Days Left,
We’ve booked my flights. I officially leave Friday, February 10th at 12:05 PM from BNA (That’s Nashville, for those of you who aren’t form the area or don’t fly often.) I will fly in to Newark, NJ. I will have a three hour layover, and then jump on a Boeing 744 to Frankfurt Germany. From Frankfurt I will have a one hour flight over to Linz.
This puts me arriving before noon Saturday morning in Linz. I cannot actually check into the dorm where I will be living until Sunday. I have planned on arriving a day early so that I can sleep off my jet lag, & I will just stay at a hotel Saturday night. I suspect that Sunday will just consist of checking in with the student director at JKU and getting moved in to where I will be living. Then on Monday morning I will begin orientation, German classes, and whatever else they have prepared for all of the other students.
I finish my semester on June 30th, but I will not be back until July 16th. I plan on using those two weeks to travel around to the places I couldn’t get to with weekend trips. Lucky for me I have 6 months to plan that out because right now I have no clue where I want to be. I do think its a shame that I will be missing the Olympics in London though, especially since I would already be so close (at least in comparison to being here in the states.) That occurs July 27th- August 12th.
Anyways, I suppose that is all of the updating I have to do for now. So in the mean time, Auf Wiedersehen!!
As an amateur photographer, I wanted to make sure that wherever I ended up was ridiculous amounts of gorgeous. I first looked at New Zealand. I mean let’s get real for a second… that’s where Lord of the Rings was filmed. Infinite amounts of God showing off right there. Ultimately, I just couldn’t handle that financially. As a result, I began looking into the UK. My first choice was in Edinburgh, Scotland; another incredibly gorgeous option. After focusing for 6+ months on Scotland and the UK as a whole, I found out that I got accepted, but not to the program I could afford. I was disappointed at first, but alas, there was hope!
There was an exchange opening in the Austrian/German program, and I had three choices. I had to make the decision to 1)defer my placement in the UK and hope that I could make it into the program I wanted during the fall semester 2) Suck it up and pay a large amount of money to go to Edinburgh, Scotland this spring like I had originally planned, or 3) I could basically scrap the past six months of preparation and apply to a school in Hannover, Germany or Linz, Austria. As is the case for most people, money and time are essential resources. Consequently, I went with the option that balanced the two of those the best.
In 36 hours, I had typed up a new application, and had it sent to Johannes Kepler Universität in Linz. Approximately ten days later (perhaps the longest ten days of my life, or so it seems) I got a call from our Study Abroad director here at school. I GOT IN! I literally jumped up and down like a crazy woman for fifteen minutes straight. I was so excited just to know that I would be going somewhere. Anywhere at all.
As a general rule, I like to plan things out. In just a matter of days, I had undone the majority of the work I had done for the past six months. No longer was I going to live in a chilly, rainy, and green English speaking country. I was going to have to learn German. What? I know Danke Schoen… and Ferris Bueler is the only one I have to thank for that. I would be using Euro as currency rather than the British pound. I needed to change the cities on my weather app so that it no longer brought up Edinburgh, but Linz instead (you know… thats a pretty big deal.)
“Crap! What did I get myself into!” I found myself thinking. And then it hit me, I got myself into something that will be really great for me. I am going to learn a new language. I will get to travel around Europe. I will get to study with students from Georgia, Chicago, Nebraska, Canada, Mexico, France, and other locations. How cool is that?
Am I nervous about this? Absolutely. But I am excited even more-so. This will really help me learn, and expand the size of the little box I find myself staying in sometimes. As it stands, I have 103 days until I leave. I don’t expect myself to be fully ready by the time February 10th comes around, but I know for a fact I will be the most excited I’ve ever been about not knowing what my future holds.
Here is to hoping I can be organized and calm about all of this, and that I have the time of my life.