Pre-Departure Post

I’m officially a couple days away from leaving for my study abroad program in Florence, Italy. I would be lying if I said I haven’t been anxiously preparing for the flight and the whole thing altogether. My thinking is it’s better to be over prepared than underprepared in this situation.

Some of the most important things I wanted to get out of the way before I leave was all sorts of yearly check ups: physical, bloodwork, dentist cleaning, dermatologist, etc… Everything went really well (although I cried internally when getting my blood work done) until my dentist appointment came around. I hadn’t had a proper cleaning at the dentist in about six years. I know that is extremely irresponsible but I didn’t have great insurance at the time lol. The dentist had just finished complimenting my smile and how my teeth looked nice and white when he dropped the bomb and told me I more cavities than I care to admit! Whoops. But regardless, once I got all the fillings in I was ready to shift my focus on packing and freaking out.

I did so many things to prepare yet I still feel anxious – it might be all this focus on everything that could go wrong! I studied the map of Florence so I can’t get lost. I practiced packed all of my items to make sure I don’t overpack. I’ve tried to learn as much Italian as I can (even though I’m notoriously bad at learning languages), and I’ve mapped out close-by restaurants, grocery stores, and pharmacies so I don’t have to worry about it once I’m there. For some reason, I’m still extremely stressed – like scared to roll out of bed and face the day stressed. I can sense that I won’t be fully able to take a sigh of relief until I’m standing in my apartment in Florence with all my bags safely in front of me on the floor. This might be a challenging trip at the beginning and all the other students that are having the same feelings are hopefully finding some relief in this post. You’re definitely not alone. If you reading this post and don’t relate at all, I wish I was you.

We just have to keep in mind that once we get through the brutal day of flying, that’s when the adventure begins. Safe travels everyone!

Courtney

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