…Well, actually I’m not. Not yet.
I fly three weeks this coming Tuesday, but I have to say I’m not feeling either way about the whole thing so far. No jitters, no worries. I’m not even all that excited (generally – when I think about it, I know I am looking forward to it) — yet*.
The ball’s started rolling in the last week or so though and I’ve had emails about a number of things, including, importantly, my accommodation. I’m going to be living in student accommodation just across the road from Universität Paderborn, called Vogeliusweg.
I’m in a single flat (living on my own, ahhh!), and it only costs €280 per month. (I say only because compared to living in Nottingham, it’s cheap as hell. I was paying £96 a week last year. T_T) Incidentally, when I went looking for the above picture, I found a bunch of memes about parties in Vogeliusweg 25.
I’m in Vogeliusweg 25.1.12.
It’s going to be a fun year, I’m sure ;).
As for the other things — I’ve had an email about the language course I’m doing in September… Classes run from 9 a.m. to 1.15 p.m. Monday to Friday, so it’s going to be a lot of work, but if it’s anything like intensive courses I’ve done before, I know I’ll learn a heck of a lot. Obviously we cover a lot of work, and I’m hoping (thinking) it will leave me nicely prepared for proper lectures in October.
But, the best thing arrived today. This:
The letter! The letter saying that actually, yes, I am going to a university in Germany (and they know I’m coming, which is a relief) and including a little brochure with sooooooo much information about the university, about Paderborn itself, about student life, etc. It’s kind of cool; it’s like being at the end of A-Levels all over again and thinking about what big scary (awesome) things will happen in September. Except in a foreign country. And without having to wait for exam results ;).
There’s still a lot to do and get organised: I’ve only got one more shift left at work before I ‘leave’, I need to do something about my phone, I need to get travel insurance… but I’m not worried about it all, yet. I’m sure it’ll get done. Next Saturday I’m having a going away/birthday meal type thing (my birthday is 3rd October – a German national holiday ;)) and there’s a whole host of going away type activities after that, so looking at it, I’ll be very busy. I’m sure it’ll be fine.
As for everyone else going on their year abroad: I hope you have a great time! I know a lot of people are heading off in the next two to three weeks, so good luck! It should be fantastic :D.
*Once I got to the end of writing this post, I realised this statement was a lie. I am tremendously excited. If I think about it too much, I do get a little nervous. But only a little.