Pre-departure: 1 week to go!

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” Christopher McCandless

It’s unreal that it’s been a year since Laurier International accepted my application to go on exchange in February 2016. I considered going on exchange the summer after my first year of university…so since 2014 I have been (somewhat) planning to go abroad, so for me to be sitting here, 9 days away is mind blowing.

The process of going on is so exciting, and I haven’t come across many difficulties!

I took an Introduction To German (GM110) in hopes this would be handy in a small town like Krems. I really hope it does…because let me TELL YOU… that course was no walk in the park. Even though I am no where close to being fluent in it, or read it all that well, (why did I take this again?) I’m HOPING my basic understanding will be of some use. Next, I had to get my student Visa, which required me going to the Austrian Consulate, which is in Ottawa. I booked this appointment in late November to ensure I had an early enough appointment, that it would be able to be sent back to me with enough time before I departed. The most challenging thing I’ve had to do so far is course registration! Just when I thought LORIS (for all you fellow golden hawks) the system at my new school was so, SO much more confusing! I guess being new has it’s own challenges, but man did I ever feel like I was back in first year. I think I have finally figured out, and I’m excited for my new courses!

With a little over a week left, I’m doing last minutes things to prepare. Which means maybe I should start packing? I’ve compiled a list of what I intend to bring…but packing for 3 seasons seems like it’s next to impossible! I honestly don’t think the weight of exchange has hit me yet.

Til the adventure begins,

Larissa

PS, The quote I shared at the beginning is by Christopher McCandless. McCandless was an American traveler, who was hiking in Alaska before his death. The reason I chose this quote was to exemplify the importance of adventure: Setting your mind to something and accomplishing it. We exist for these reasons; To find happiness and ultimately, ourselves in these experiences that we take on!

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