The most consistent question I have gotten the past few days is: “So have you got everything packed?!” I am not sure if it is just a polite question to show interest in the fact that I will be leaving the country for the next year, or if they truly want to know the trials and tribulations of packing a wardrobe suitable for the better part of the next year. Nonetheless, my answer has been, “No.”
Not only do I not want to spend time squishing socks into shoes, or rolling up t-shirts into the smallest volume possible, but the fact of the matter is I don’t plan on having packing take up a lot of time. All I need to do is take the piles and piles of my clothes (which have been organized, mind you), roll them up into vacuum bags, and stuff them in the three suitcases I plan on lugging with me overseas. The other issue is that I am scheduled to take the MCAT [again – yes, this was a humbling realization] two days before I leave, so….most of my time recently has been spent going over the oodles of information covered on this marathon of an exam.
But aside from packing pains, I am enjoying these last few days with my family. “Who would’ve thunk”, as my father says, “that our little Nefertitti (a nick-name harkening back to my neonatal cranial appearance) would be moving to Denmark…to live…for a whole year!?!” We’ve had lovely family dinners on the patio in the warm evening sun, gone out to our favorite “happy hour watering hole” in East Grand Rapids, and had multiple engaging conversations – those of which I will deeply miss whilst abroad. And I can’t forget my pups – I’ve spent some quality time with them too – walking, petting, and spoiling them with treats, etc….
Between my study periods and family time, I have also been searching for those things I didn’t think I’d need for a while after having returned from my study abroad experience: plug adapters, my Danish CPR number, a map or two of Copenhagen to refresh my memory, my DIS student ID (who know’s what student discounts I might still be able to get?), amongst many other things. All in all, I am getting ready…I don’t think I’m all set yet, but I’m definitely getting there. BUT I have to say that I am SO over-the-moon excited to have the opportunity to return to the lovely Danish culture – I cannot wait to see my dear host family, the city, and the people I got to know at DIS when I was there previously.
As for right now, just send me good energy as I a) take this monster test that is pretty much going to determine my future, and b) square everything away as I do the final countdown to my departure on Sunday from O’Hare!!