Changing With the Season

Okay….here we go again.

So you know that feeling when you first apply for university (and if you haven’t yet, you will) and you press send/put it in the mail and then just have to wait?

You find yourself checking your email way too much, even though you know they couldn’t possibly get back to you that fast, or you start thinking about how you’re going to decorate your dorm even though you haven’t even been accepted yet.

Well, that is currently my life. Again.

IMG_0113I’ve been thinking a lot lately, and after lots of research and a few long talks with my mum, I’ve decided that I am “going” to go on a year abroad. “Going”, because I haven’t actually been accepted yet, but I’m being optimistic. Because I haven’t really been accepted yet, it just means that I have a lot of time to dream about being accepted, and have spent too many hours Googling flats in Norwich. The International Exchange office gets back to outgoing students in early March, which seems like forever away when you count hour by hour like I seem to be doing.

It’s weird, because the more I think about it, the more I see how this is exactly like when I first applied to UVic. There is the same excitement, but at the same time apprehension of the unknown. When I came here I didn’t have to move very far, just about an hour south of my hometown, but I know a lot of people who came much further than that, and now I know how they feel.

It’s hard to picture myself away from the people and places that I have made my home over the last two years, so if you’re feeling the same way about coming to UVic, I get you, I know where you are coming from (not literally). All of my friends are here, my job is here, basically my entire life, so how do I just pick up and leave?

I don’t know yet, but I guess I am going to find out.

All my life I’ve heard that you should do the things that scare you, because they usually end up giving you your best experiences, and so far I think that’s true. Coming to UVic scared me, but now, two years later I couldn’t imagine my life if I  had gone anywhere else.

Being here has been one of the best things I have ever done, but now it is time to try something new, just like all of you who are about to start your journey here. I know that it may be a little intimidating, but in the end it will be worth it.

So take a deep breath, let it out, and press send.

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