Things that are exciting about this photo:
- It's taken with my brand new webcam.
- My tutus look pretty with the light.
- You can see my angel wing.
- The snowman mug is filled with delicious coffee.
Just this morning I moved out of the dorms where I have lived for the past two-ish years. I won't be living there until January. For the next four months I will be living in London. This is even more exciting than the things that are exciting about the above photo. Studying abroad is exciting simply because you get to live, study, and (in my case) work in another country. For me though, it is exciting for more reasons than that. Studying in London will be the first time I have lived away from the Northern Virginia area since before I was one. That's twenty years living in the same 30 minute radius. I even went to college in NoVA (yes I moved out of the house but only to a campus twenty minutes away).
I have never really left my comfort zone. London is going to throw me so far out of my comfort zone that (hopefully) I won't be able to find it again. I have a friend who, having studied abroad twice, advises me to go abroad with zero expectations. For the most part I am taking her advice. I have no expectations about my flat, whatever friends I may or may not make, the parties I'll go to, how much I'll get to travel/see, or my internship experience. I'm leaving that to luck and hoping to make the best of whatever is thrown my way.
But... I can't go with no expectations at all.
I expect to become independent.
I expect to learn to trust and rely on myself.
I expect to learn to cook (a little).
I expect to learn more about who I am as an adult.
I expect to successfully maintain long-term relationships with Boyfriend
and my good friends at home.
I expect to come away from this trip a better and more defined person.
I don't think these are unreasonable expectations. I thought I'd share them here so that when I return from London I can look back and mediate on how well these expectations worked out.