On Wednesday 20th August, I found myself back in Dublin airport. This time I would be heading across the Atlantic Ocean for a whole new adventure – studying at the University of Evansville, Indiana. Having shipped a box of stuff from New York straight to Evansville, I didn't have to deal with overweight luggage – every traveller’s nightmare. Right where I had hugged my sister three days before, I was now saying goodbye again. And so I jetted off on the 8 hour flight to Chicago. Some annoying delays meant I had to get an extra flight to Detroit, Michigan (another state ticked off the list) before arriving at the scarily small Evansville airport 24 hours after leaving my home in Ireland. I was met by International Orientation Leaders who got me settled in to my dorm and so eight months after screaming about getting accepted to the Study USA programme, I was finally here.
Despite being bogged down with classes, I still made sure I signed up for pretty much everything possible at the organisational fair so my emails are going crazy at the minute. I just want to get involved in everything possible – from College Mentors for Kids, Venturing Crew to the Quidditch club because why not?
During orientation, we were asked to write a letter to ourselves which we will be given back at the end of the year. I entitled mine “How much can I do in a year?” so here’s to finding out.