It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting. – Elizabeth Taylor
I truly believe that if you want something and work hard, anything is possible. Even so, I still can’t believe that I’m going to Japan for a year. A whole year. I feel like I won’t fully realize it until I’m there (talking to my boyfriend and feeling the humid air on my skin). Since this is my third time to Japan, the third time is the charm right? The stress I feel now will be worth it in the end. No matter how this goes I want to see it through and I wish more than anything, for all that is good and green, that it all works out in the end.
Up until now, I have been chipping away at my to do list. As someone said to me it’s a lot of ‘hurry up and wait’. There are some things that need to be done ASAP and others I have nothing more to do than wait. Perhaps this part is the hardest only because I know the trip is so close, yet still so far away. Friends and family are encouraging me and I really appreciate everyone’s support. Especially when it comes to finances. I rounded up my savings and am sitting on them like a hen on a nest of eggs. If any one of those little things hatch I will chase it down and put it right back under my butt. What I mean to say, is save save save.
The other day my dorm information came in! Yay! The only thing is that the expenses to stay are crazy high. My mom said ‘how do they expect a student to be able to afford that’? And my answer? I have no idea. I’m just hoping for all that is good and green that somehow it works out. Especially since I have so many good things to look forward to!
These are my ‘Top Five Things I Am Looking Forward To’:
ONE. 24/7 Study of Japanese! I will be surrounded by the language and I’m ready to learn as much as I can from my experiences.
TWO. Tokyo – we’ve all seen the movies. Vibrant, bright and exciting city filled with amazing things. Bunny cafe? Yeah I want to go. Anything and everything you need is here.
THREE. Travel – I am super lucky to go to mainland Japan (Honshu) because many places are easy to get to from there by plane, train or car. I can’t wait to visit new places!
FOUR. I get to see friends and my boyfriend! I would lie if I said I wasn’t excited to see him too. The last time we saw each other in person was nearly one year ago. I miss him so much. Skype doesn’t do his handsome face justice.
FIVE. Food – I can honestly say I did not enjoy seafood before I went to Japan in 2012. Now that I’ve had fresh seafood I can’t get enough. The other day I made sushi with friends and it was so, so delicious. The taste is incredible when it’s so fresh. (I wonder if your taste changes as you get older?)
When I went to an orientation at my university (one of many) I asked some previous study abroad students what I should expect on my trip. One unexpected thing that I heard was that I should ‘prepare for home sickness’. I thought it was a good point. The last time I went to Japan was the longest (two months) but it wasn’t so long that I was overcome by extreme homesickness. Even so, a year is a long time. So I thought of keeping in contact with friends and family by skype, email and what not. Perhaps make a video of my home and friends, or just be nostalgic and look at pictures when I feel I miss home. Anyone have any good ideas to beat homesickness abroad?
I had someone say that they would like to know how I’m going to pack for Japan, so I plan on doing a post about it when I get closer to it. So far, I have no plan. I am going to stuff all the things in a bag. Haha. Yes. All the things.
Blog posts will probably be more exciting once I leave. At least I think so haha.
Only 49 days to go! When it gets to 40 days prior I am planning to begin fundraising for my study abroad! Stay tuned!