Tag Archives: pre-departure

On Your Mark, Get Set… Go (Make a Checklist)

As I’m writing this, my hometown of Norfolk, Virginia is being blanketed in the most snow it has seen since 2010. I’m bracing myself against the cold, and it’s hard to believe that in just under a week, I’ll be … Continue reading

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Appreciating Home Before Heading Away

In what I saw as being a slow goodbye to Georgetown, I stayed the summer in Washington, D.C., and returned in early August to Glenview, Illinois. I was about to begin my “second summer”: 6 weeks at home before I left for … Continue reading

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Two Beijings

“Oh, Beijing is a crowded and dirty city. I’m not too fond of it,” a friend from China responded to my comment about studying abroad in Beijing. Well, hardly the enthusiastic response I hoped to hear. I chose Beijing partly … Continue reading

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Off Towards Tokyo

Two weeks ago, I sat watching the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games, mesmerized by the colorful extravagant performances. Towards the end, the focus turned towards Tokyo – the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics and my home for … Continue reading

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A Preface

It’s the middle of August, and I am ready to go back to Georgetown. In my absentminded daydreams, I draw up packing lists, plan out my dorm room decorations, reminisce about warm September days in Washington – watching the leaves … Continue reading

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The Fresh Prince of Sydney

Driving through my suburban neighborhood with the windows rolled all the way down, I’m sweating. It’s the hottest day of the summer and I’m on the way to visit the friends I’ve had for years on years. A nervous lump … Continue reading

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They Don’t Want You to Study Abroad…Do It Anyway!

“Angela, you are the first one in our family to own a passport. Did you know that?” When my mother told me this, she was holding my “virgin” U.S. certified passport in her hands. I suppose I knew this fact … Continue reading

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When Your Flight “Aller Simple” Isn’t So Simple

“Are you sure you can get into the country with a one-way ticket?” When my mum initially asked me this question two days before my flight was scheduled to depart, I brushed off her concerns. She asked what seemed like … Continue reading

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What Have I Gotten Myself Into: The Cuba Edition

Have you ever been cliff diving? You know that feeling you get when you’re about to jump? For those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s an unnerving combination of exhilaration and apprehension that forces you to question the sanity of … Continue reading

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Unpreparedly Prepared

In less than twenty-two hours, I’ll be flying over 4,000 miles to Florence, Italy where I will spend the next four months living in Georgetown’s Villa le Balze. As I sit on my bedroom floor surrounded by two empty suitcases … Continue reading

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