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!
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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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1. Dispute ALL tickets... even if you were going 35mph over the speed limit.

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How can it hurt? If anything you can save yourself some money.

2. If you're not 10 minutes early, you're late.

Your boss, your teachers, your co-workers... They all notice. Be the early one.

3. If you find yourself waking up feeling miserable, start the day by making your bed and washing your face.

Coming back to a made bed after a sh*tty day can change the world.

4. It's okay to fall off track once in a while. You'll only be wiser for next time. (Don't push it, though!)

When I say fall off track I don't mean COMPLETELY off... Just make sure you hold onto something that reminds you to keep going. You'll figure it out... Sometimes it takes years and that's okay.

5. Don't fight your family. They ARE always going to love you.

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I used to fight my family and try to push them away... It was probably the dumbest thing I've ever done looking back. So, even if you say, "I'm never going to like them!" Trust me you will. Unless they're actually toxic a**holes...

6. Mom actually, seriously, literally, insanely knows everything.

It's crazy, I swear my mom is psychic. Or she can see the future. I used to do the opposite of what she said and my life was messier... Now that I found out about her powers I listen and things run smoother. Weird. Love you, Ma.

7. If an elder in your family tries giving you money as a gift or to cover lunch... Reject it first.

They won't stop insisting and they will force you to take the money even if you say no 3,000 times. So why not earn some brownie points and act like you seriously didn't need it. Meanwhile, you know how badly you need it.

8. An e-mail and/or a phone call goes a long way.

Don't pester... But if you're the one who calls to "follow up on a resume," a week or two after you applied, you're the standout!

Also, as a college student, I find e-mailing and staying in touch with professors builds a relationship and engraves your name into their brains. As long as you're good at writing e-mails and a good student, they'll usually instinctively like you more; seeing how much effort you spent on communicating.

9. If you hate school, just suffer through the attendance, and make sure the teacher knows your name.

Even if you actually have no idea what Descartes sixth meditation is about... Just show up, do the work consistently, and build a relationship with the teacher. They won't fail you if they see effort. (Just don't give them a reason to!)

10. It seems like the end of the world sometimes... it's not.

"And this too shall pass."

11. If you hate yourself one day (or even all the time), just pretend you don't.

Did you know our facial expressions can influence our emotions?

12. Line up another miserable part-time job before quitting your current one.

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Waitressing, customer service, reception... We've all been there and it usually sucks (Unless your parents spoil you too much). So, if you need to get the hell out of there, make sure you have somewhere else to go before you quit. And give 'em a notice in advance, don't be a d*ck.

13. Traveling is the best thing in the world.

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I don't need to explain much more. I think we can all agree we want to witness the beautiful parts of this world we've never seen before.

14. If someone doesn't say thank you when you hold the door for them...

...hit them with the classic under-your-breath-but-you-know-they-heard-you type of "you're welcome!"

15. Respect authority, even if you think you're right.

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Just FULLY cooperate and it WILL be easier. It's also great to make friends with authority figures. Talk to everyone! Make connections and maybe you'll learn something new.

16. Spend time outside and in public.

After high school, you aren't forced into a classroom five days a week where you will have to socialize. After high school, you can decide to chill in your room and do nothing. But seriously don't make a habit out of it, you will end up feeling like crap when you realize you have no friends.

17. Don't roll your eyes at people.

So rude. Eye-rolling just makes it look like you're admitting you're wrong and you have no defense to whatever made you roll your eyes.

18. Life's a b*tch and then you die... But guess what? Even B*tches have fun!

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News flash, we are currently all in the process of dying. Stop worrying so much and try to have fun even in the dullest of moments.

19. If you're speaking about something professional, call don't text.

You do realize we still have a call feature on the iPhone, right? Use it.

20. Decorate the Christmas tree with your family amidst your teen angst.

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It really seems like a horrible excursion to pile into a mini-van, cut down a tree in the freezing cold, and then hang shiny balls while developing a rash on your hand from the prickles... But down the road, you'll regret not doing it.

21. The D.A.R.E. program makes it seem like drugs are just freely handed out.

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That sh*t's expensive. And you don't want to do it, anyway (Minus weed it's harmless, just wait until you're old enough!) .

22. Smile and say hi to as many people a day as you can.

You never know if you just made someone feel a little better or accepted.

23. Make sure the E-brake is OFF.

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It will sound like you're dragging a dead body attached to your car and will ruin your brakes. Just double check.

24. Use all your resources even when it seems pointless.

Even if you learn absolutely nothing, you gain connections.

25. What's most important in life?

Connections.

26. Know how to swim.

swim

It is a basic skill everyone should know. You don't need to be Phelps. Just doggy paddle if you're really that bad.

27. If you don't have a firm handshake, learn how to, a**hole.

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If you are a lady shaking a man's hand, strive to have a firmer grip than him. You'll either scare the sh*t out of him, gain serious respect, or get complimented on how great your handshake is! That's my favorite compliment if I'm being honest.

28. Step back and think before you explode.

Seriously dude, don't press send. You probably used the words, "like" and "literally" too much in your text, anyway. Wait 10 minutes and see if it's worth it.

Also, it's better in person.

29. Question everything.

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Never assume you're safe or well-informed. There could be a murderer in that restaurant... Question anything that you aren't sure of. Hell, even question what you are sure of.

30. Don't trust a headline or statistic until you know it's credible.

What if you're looking at a bar graph from 1968, not 2018? You might think this is obvious, but there are clearly plenty of people who share false information. We've probably done it ourselves before. We should all work on that.

31. Park far from the store.

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Walk, you lazy youthful soul. Unless you require a handicap spot or weather conditions are poor.

32. Take the stairs.

"I have no time to workout!" *takes elevator*

33. Don't text people when you want to tell them how you feel.

It only makes you feel good for like 20 seconds and then you'll probably read it back saying, "What was I thinking?"

34. Have something to be proud of.

Otherwise, you'll get lost. Life is confusing.

35. Listen to old school music, the classics, and artists who inspired what we hear today.

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We cannot let the real instruments die people. Do you know how fun a jam band show is?

36. If you're inspired, act fast.

Don't let inspiration slip away. Sometimes it's easy to forget that great feeling.

37. If you start, finish.

Finish what you start and do the best you can at it. We all have off days, that doesn't mean you suck if you mess something up a few times.

38. When vacationing by airplane, try to fit everything into a carry-on.

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You don't want your favorite bikini stowed in the wrong plane when you go on vacation. Plus you spent all of your money on Corona's and can't buy a new one.

39. Change your oil.

Love your car and it will try to love you back.

Good Luck!

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Remembering your inner child reminds you of what is important in your life and that the moments that you can least expect can be life-changing.

As life goes in, do not forget about your inner child because it can open doors that you would never have opened before. You laugh a little longer, love a little harder, and never lose the magic. Having this type of perspective makes you fight for what you deserve, you just don't throw a tantrum when things don't go your way. In life, it is important to make sure you have different perspectives on life to be well-rounded and make the best decisions for you. Being realistic, optimistic, and a pessimist is important as well, but it seems like we forget one perspective, our inner child. Living your life with a child's perspective lets you be adventurous, honest, and forever young.

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