Elizabeth is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Communication major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week's post, Elizabeth shares some tips on how to prepare for the end of your semester abroad.
It is crazy to think about how three months ago I was writing a blog about how to adjust to being abroad for the first time. Now my last week has come and I cannot believe how fast time has flown. The last of the weekend trips has come to an end and the realization of the plane departure date is drawing near. The last few weeks of studying abroad can be exciting but also extremely busy. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for the end of your semester abroad.
Sunset from my dorm window
1. Start Packing Early
Yes, this is the number one advice... again. I am writing this while staring at my suitcases knowing that I should have started this process a little sooner. Although the bags may seem symbolic to ‘the end is near,’ it is important to at least think about the packing process a couple weeks out. Start by thinking about what you are going to pack and what you can leave behind. You can save space in your suitcase by leaving items that you bought at your abroad location or items you can buy when you return home. Save the spot where you were going to put your shampoo for a nice piece of art or t-shirt from your local city. Keep your eyes out and talk to your study abroad provider about donation areas for any items or clothing you won’t be bringing with you. If you can’t use it next semester, there is someone who can! The earlier you start to at least think about the packing process, the less daunting the task will actually be. To cheer yourself up while packing, throw on some music, open your door, and have a packing party with your friends!
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