The Traveling Tiger


Preparing for Take Off

January 1, 2017

Happy New Year and welcome to my blog! I am so excited for what the new year will bring, and I am especially excited to study abroad in Dubrovnik, Croatia. I have always wanted to study abroad, and I have been planning to do so since Spring of last year.

Throughout the fall semester, I did a few things here and there to start preparing for Croatia. The first thing I did was schedule my meeting with my study abroad advisor; I met with her at the end of the Spring semester last year and then again at the beginning of the Fall semester to make sure I was doing everything I needed to be doing.

In September, I went to the passport drive on campus. I was planning on getting my passport over the summer at home, but I'm glad I waited to do it at school. The process of doing it on campus was quick and easy, and there were study abroad advisors and student ambassadors present and willing to talk and answer questions. (Not to mention a cheaper processing fee and shorter processing time for the passport.)

Once I finished filling out my application and getting my passport, the majority of the fall semester was spent waiting - waiting for my passport, waiting to be accepted, and waiting for shopping carts to open and enrollment to start. When shopping carts opened, all there was left to do was turn in my pre-approval form for classes and make sure everything needed for my Visa was turned in to my study abroad advisor.

Bank statement - check.
Proof of International Coverage by my insurance - check.

After I got my acceptance email, I went online and booked my flight to and from Croatia. I leave January 18, and I come back home May 20.

I've got to admit, this was the most stressful part for me so far. I didn't want to pick the wrong flight by accident or pick a flight with horrible layovers (12 hours - NO THANK YOU!) or pick a flight that didn't get me there on time (I have orientation the 20th, so I wouldn't want to arrive the 20th). In the end, I think I picked perfectly! I have an overnight flight the 18th to the 19th, and then on the way home, I'll leave the Saturday after finals week. AND I got a really good price on tickets.

Tip for buying tickets: consider flying out of Canada, and don't forget to check the layover times.

Now that I have my passport and my flight booked, all I really have left to do is pack. My mom got me a few things for my trip - an outlet adapter, a bag she found that was recommended for traveling, and Tiles (bluetooth trackers). My goal for packing is one luggage bag and my backpack as my personal carry-on. I'm going to use vacuum storage bags to maximize the amount of space I have for everything I need.

In the mean time, when I'm not packing, I will be spending time with my friends and family applying to more co-ops for the Summer, and knitting my third scarf of the winter break while I watch Bob's Burgers.