Joyce Leung is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A dietetics major at D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York, she is studying abroad in London this term.
In her first post, Joyce shares some of the thoughts that went through her mind when she first decided to study abroad and the thoughts she had while she was on the plane.
Here I am! I’m about to start my study abroad internship program in London!
From the moment I made the decision to study abroad in London, I’ve had many things on my mind:
- How much will it cost? Can I afford it?
- What will I be doing there?
- What if I don’t intern in a placement that is field related?
- What will my living arrangements be like? Will I have to share a room with someone? (I haven’t shared a room in a very long time.)
- What paper work do I have to fill out?
- How do I get started?
As CAPA and my international student officers answered these questions throughout the last couple months, I felt more and more relieved. I had a great team to work with. Until the evening before my flight took off, I felt completely ready. I’ll share a bit about me before I tell you why.
For those of you who read about me on my blogger profile, you’ll know that I’ve lived in a few different cities. In fact, as I completed most of my education, I felt like I was abroad. I thought this experience would be just like every other time. I’d hop on a flight. I’d go back to school or back to work. Life goes on. Then I’d save up and plan my next flight back to my home city, where I spend time with most of my loved ones. This time, because I’m studying abroad, I spent very little time in my home city but I know it’s the best decision for me to grow. The most difficult part was explaining to young children in the family why I won’t be back for dinner the next evening or the following evening after that.
I had a list of things to do and places to go as I planned out the earlier part of my summer in great detail. I completed every single one of them. It felt good. In fact, it felt awesome. However, one of my goals throughout this experience is to be less of a planner and allow things fall into place.
Here were some thoughts I had as I was sitting on the plane to London:
- I’m excited to meet my flatmates.
- I’m wondering what my 1st meal will be when I arrive. I had a 2.5 hour flight, 4 hour layover, and a 11.5 hour flight to London.
- What new foods am I going to try?
- Do I have appropriate clothes? Did I bring too many clothes? My suitcase was heavy. Maybe I should have brought less stuff. But that’s tough. I always leave my home city with a full suitcase. I think I did relatively well this time.
- How well will I blend in? Having lived and commuted in big cities, I found it quite a nuisance when travelers decide to take part during rush hour. This is especially when they are wheeling around large suitcases! I arrive just when morning rush hour starts. Shoot. Maybe I should sit down somewhere and grab breakfast before going on the tube.
- My biggest worry? I don’t know how I’m going to carry my suitcase up the stairs to my flat. I was told there was no elevator where I will be living.
Joyce's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.