The 10 Steps Of Packing To Study Abroad, As Told By Spongebob

The 10 Steps Of Packing To Study Abroad, As Told By Spongebob

You might get really stressed out trying to pack but remember, it's going to be OK!

By the time you're reading this, I will already have begun my study abroad journey. Yep, you've read about me gearing up for it before, and now the time has finally come and I've "gone across the pond" as everyone in my family seems to like say.

I don't think I've ever met anyone that really likes to pack; I know I don't. The whole week before my trip, I left my suitcases open on my bedroom floor and proceeded to procrastinate (seems I will be no different in England than I was at CofC), mainly because I didn't really know where to start. I had read countless packing lists, watched Youtube videos, and I wrote my own packing list down, too. But it's harder than you think.

I quickly found out that it was going to be a weeklong endeavor, which made me extremely frustrated. To make light of my own irritation, I've put together a list of the way the steps of packing for a study abroad can make you feel, with GIFs to accompany, of course.

1. The excitement of finally beginning to pack and needing to tell anyone who will listen

It's this whole big ordeal. You've finally gotten your luggage out of the storage closet and you're officially going to start. Yes, everyone is tired of you talking about it, but who cares? You're going to another country!

2. Trying to study for how to pack for a study abroad like it's your hardest test of the semester

Like I said earlier, I watched SO SO SO many Youtube videos titled things like "What I Packed For A Semester Abroad In England". So many variations. I spent so long watching them thinking I was going to get some serious help with this whole packing thing, but I didn't. It's really not something you can prepare for.

3. Looking in your closet or dresser and wanting to scream in frustration

You think you know what you need to pack and then you realize that you have too many clothes and you don't know how you're going to choose which pieces will actually make the cut.

4. Realizing that all the "research" you did was pointless

I learned nothing I didn't already know. A big waste of my time, honestly.

5. Actually beginning to pack

Took us long enough, but here we are. Finally packing. I tried the whole week before my trip to pack but I didn't really start making a lot of progress until about two days before. Oops.

6. Realizing you can't pack those things that you "need"

I thought I was going to be able to pack a blanket from home and quickly realized how wrong I was, which made me pretty sad because I love that blanket.

7. Deciding just to pack the essentials and buy the rest once you get there

You probably can't take your hair tools, every sweatshirt you own, or tons of decorations...but it's OK. You can probably buy that stuff once you get there if you think you still need it (which you probably don't).

8. Recruiting a friend to help

It can be helpful to have someone else there to tell you that trying to pack seven pairs of shoes in one suitcase, along with everything else, is pretty ridiculous (thanks, Alexis).

9. The feeling of accomplishment because you've finally finished

It took so long to get to this point but it feels good, doesn't it?

10. Feeling beyond exhausted

It's a lot of work to pack for such a big trip. I know I was super exhausted when I finally finished.

If you're going abroad, have a great time and remember not to get too stressed out while you're trying to pack. It will be SO worth it once you get there.

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My Acceptance Speech For My Letter Of Rejection

Your proposition to make life's bummers Oscar-winning moments.

This is my acceptance speech for the award I received engraved with the phrase, "You've been rejected." To put this in simpler terms, I did not get selected for the position I applied for. It's certainly no Oscar, but it sure shines like one.

This is your proposition to make life's bummers Oscar-winning moments. This won't be awkward.

Remember the one question we were asked as little ones?

"What do you want to be when you grow up?"

I wanted to be a teacher, a scientist, a cosmetologist and a fashion designer. While a doctor, police officer, firefighter, psychologist or lawyer are some of the other occupations we listed, no one ever said, "When I grow up I want to be a journalist" — not even me.

Around age five, my teacher recognized my outstanding reading — I have a certificate of proof. At age 11, I looked forward to the days we were required to wear close-toed shoes and foggy old goggles. In high school, A.K.A. the era in which we wanted to own both Justin Bieber's latest album and his side bangs, I was the go-to girl to cut your hair. Right before graduating high school, I penciled in one more goal at the bottom of my lifetime to-do list: Attend Parsons School of Design. The following fall semester at Washington State University, I put myself on the track to potentially certify in the apparel design program.

Given all the initiatives I took in my past to explore the little quirks of every profession I ever wanted to pursue, I guess you can say all I have left to do now is choose what it is I want to do.

Here's the truth:

It's been almost eight years since I read a novel for fun. Today, if you catch my nose between pages, it's probably because I am sniffing the perfume sample in an issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. I still don't mind wearing close-toed shoes as long as they add miles to my legs, and click and echo on hardwood floors. I haven't cut my own hair in two years, which means for two years the plastic ties of clothing tags are the only things I severed with my sheers. Speaking of which, I can't remember the last time I snipped through the fabric, or heard the bustling hum of a sewing machine. In fact, I changed my major to be someone in broadcast journalism.

What now? Even though I had all the tools I needed to become a teacher, scientist, hairdresser and fashion designer, I no longer have a desire to become either. What else is left for me to be good at?

It wasn't until recently that I realized my most valuable possession is my voice. That is what I have left for me to become — well, me.

From getting time-outs for talking too much in kindergarten to feeling exhilaration instead of embarrassment after goofing up my first live weather report, I've always known that the expressive bug inside me would never leave. That's something I'm can't wait to live with for the rest of my life, despite the trouble it's put me through.

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13 Times You Say, 'I’m Dropping Out of College' And ALMOST Mean It

Almost everyone can guarantee that college will be the "best years of your life,” but it does come with its challenges.

Every college student will eventually have this thought in their head.

Almost everyone can guarantee that college is “the best years of your life,” but it does come with its challenges. Here are a few things that make us contemplate the duration of our college career.

1. When you have no idea how much Financial Aid you’re going to receive for the upcoming school year.

Financial Aid is so important because it allows students to not have to worry about paying for school, by being awarded federal grants and loans. Having to wait to know how much aid you will receive until right before the next school year is about to start is very distressing. If you can’t pay for your education out of pocket, you either have to find another way to pay for it or discuss what the next steps are if you’re unable to pay for your schooling.

2. When you have a class before 8 o'clock in the morning.

Nobody wants to get up early in order to get ready and go to class- it just isn’t fun for most students. How does anyone stay awake that early in lecture without coffee?

3. When your professor grades strictly.

A strict grader means it’s harder to succeed, especially when they are nit-picking every single thing you do. In some cases, perfection is the only way to get an A in you professor’s eyes.

4. When your schedule is packed for the week.

You might feel overwhelmed at everything that’s on your plate and that’s due in the near future. Freedom is limited- just remember to take time to breathe.

5. When you hardly get any sleep.

Staying up too late or struggling to fall asleep can be a pain, and waking up in the morning is the last thing we want to do. Having to be up longer than 12 hours at this point requires coffee.

6. When you miss your friends and family.

Being homesick might make you want to pack up your bags every chance you get, and when you are finally back home you just don’t want the breaks to end. All you can think about is the next time you don’t have to do schoolwork or going to be on campus.

7. When you’re challenged in class you might not excel in.

Life isn’t easy, and college isn’t either. If you don’t understand the material, it’s easy to want to give up.

8. When you get a bad grade on an exam.

There’s a reason why exams weigh so heavily and pretty much determine the letter grade you can get in a class. You need to comprehend the material and concepts in order to prosper.

9. When you start falling behind.

Remember when you said that you’d read that one chapter for class this past weekend? Well it never happened, and you have to read at least four chapters if you want to be up to speed with what’s actually happening in lecture. We all know the deal.

10. When your GPA isn’t where you want it to be.

You know you can do better than where your GPA is at now. Just know that you’re capable and have so much potential.

11. When your expected graduation date gets pushed back.

Not everyone will complete their Bachelor’s in 4 years. Having to wait at least another semester to graduate feels like an eternity. You just feel disappointed, stressed, and exhausted. In hindsight, you might have regrets and wish you could’ve done things differently.

12. When you think of whether the decision to go to college was right for you.

There are so many variables that brought you to be where you are today. You may have regrets about the past, doubts about the present, and worries about the unknown future. Rationalize your priorities, and maybe it’ll give you a clearer head based off your initial decision.

13. When life just isn’t going your way.

You might be having another bad day, are sad, or just aren’t in the mood to devote your time to your studies. You’re drained of constantly running to get everything required of you done. You might have made a major mistake and just want to quit, embarrassed of failure.

"College has given me the confidence I need to fail." - Jarod Kintz
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