Hey everyone, so this summer has been very busy, fun and stressful all at the same time. However, the stress and busy aspects are worth it because now I am just waiting on my visa from the Denver consulate. I have also submitted my lease for my dorm at Meiji Gakuin, as well as the paper work for a buddy program. I have also applied for the opportunity to stay with a host family for a weekend hopefully sometime in November. My plane ticket and insurance are paid for and now the only factor left is to wait. Which can feel like time has slowed down to a crawl.

This pre-departure aspect has had a few life lessons in of itsself. A few lessons being if you are planning on studying abroad be sure to submit paper work as early as possible, as well as to not try and stress out about everything at once. Rather, look at each new document that needs to be submitted as a piece of a giant puzzle that will reward you with an amazing experience. However, submission of paper work is not nearly as nerve wrenching as waiting for your COE (Certificate of Enrollment) to arrive in the mail. But once that COE and welcome packet arrives in the mail, not only is it one of the greatest feelings ever, but the rest of the forms that need to be submitted seem like a downhill ride. The reason I say that is because once you get information about when you can move into your dorm, as well as other vital information such as how to get to the university from the airport, then the real fun begins, purchasing your plane ticket. Once I purchased my plane ticket the reality struck me that I will be studying abroad.

Now that all I have to do is wait, I am experiencing a mix of excitement and nervousness. According to my study abroad advisor this is perfectly normal. So, if you decide to study abroad and you have these types of feelings it’s okay.  My flight leaves really early in the morning then I have a layover in Dallas. From Dallas I then leave for Tokyo. Overall, I am looking at a flight of about 18 hours. I will of course be taking photos and recording videos if and when appropriate to be able to share with you all once I land in Tokyo.

So, overall that has been my pre-departure experience so far. Not too bad if I do say so myself. Thank you all for taking time out of your day to read my blog and also remember to follow UNM Study Abroad on Facebook as well as Instagram @unmstudyabroad.

Isaac M