It just hit me that tomorrow is my last day at home! On Thursday morning my family and I are heading off to New Orleans for my cousin’s wedding. I am then missing the actual wedding ceremony so I can make it to Dublin in time for my orientation on Monday morning at Trinity. I leave New Orleans on Sunday morning, fly to JFK where I will have a four-hour layover and then I arrive in Dublin on Monday at 5:30 a.m. Then, as if that isn’t exhausting enough, my full day of orientation activities starts only a few hours later at 9:30 a.m.! I can only hope that I will have enough time to shower and get some coffee so I can make it through the day.
I’m not as nervous to leave this semester as I was before I left for Argentina. This time around I don’t have to worry about a language barrier, living with a host family, or going to an unfamiliar location. I have visited Dublin and I have even taken a tour at Trinity so I know what the campus and the city look like. I am, however, truly living on my own for the first time, which is slightly nerve wracking. I will be living in an apartment-style dorm and I will be in-charge of providing all my own meals. I guess I have some serious kitchen tool shopping to do once I get to Dublin—those are definitely things that won’t fit in my suitcase.
I’ve enjoyed my time at home, but I am ready to move on with my Study Abroad experience and head off to Dublin. Some of the things I’m most excited about are:
-Exploring Dublin as a resident and not just a tourist
-Returning to life on a traditional college campus
-Taking Spanish literature classes that center on Spain (after taking a semester of Argentine and Latin American literature)
-Traveling to other sights in Europe
Now I have less than 24-hours to finish laundry, get a pedicure, pack my bags, say good-bye to my friends and do some last-minute work on applications for summer internships. Fingers crossed that I can get it all done in time!
Katie Riley '14