So, I’m leaving for London very soon. I arrive to a room of my own, a private bathroom, and quite a few things I need to figure out.
I have begun the daunting packing process, tackling the cold weather stuff already. Most of my daily wear stuff like underwear and workout stuff has to be done much later, but I want to get as much of it out of the way so I could have a relaxing last few days at home.
Of course, all of that preparation is very tangible and physical and isn’t taking into consideration how much mental preparation I’m attempting.
I’m moving to London for a year. I’ve never lived in any big city, let alone one in another country. I have to navigate a new space, figure out how to get a phone plan and a bank account, and get ready for my MSc program.
I’m unbelievably excited for all of this, and I plan to take full advantage of living in London and its proximity to other countries. I want to travel as much as I possibly can. This means that I must also find some sort of part time job that works with a schedule that I haven’t figured out yet.
Another London perk: every tour ever has a stop in London. I already have tickets to a Halloween drag show (Alaska <3) and a Car Seat Headrest concert. I’m even contemplating going to a drag event my first night there.
Now some of the truly scary stuff: interpersonal relationships. I’ll be living in a hall with other people, sharing some common spaces. Will it be easy to make friends with people in my hall? Will we have things in common? What about the people in my program? Will they be cool? Will I be able to go out with them and maybe travel together?
I remember feeling this way last year before going to Japan, but that was only for one month, so big traveling wasn’t really a possibility.
I also have to remember that this isn’t the only chance I will have to go to Europe. It will very likely still be there in a year. That being said, I do fully intend to go overboard with everything I do.
The program itself: terrifying. It’s not going to be that many courses, but I have to go through that whole course registration, schedule-making process.
There are a lot of uncertainties right now, but I’m excited to get out there and get the ball rolling.