December 1, 2012

Hello, December

I still do not have a plane ticket. Let me repeat that very vital piece of information: I am leaving for Australia in almost a month and I have yet to purchase the ticket to get there! Apparently, the loans and scholarships that my home university has allocated to me for the spring semester do not normally fund until the start of the semester. Being that I'm studying abroad and semesters are different in different countries; the funding of my financial aid is just a tad off. But being a "tad off" in study abroad terms is almost akin to being "a tad off" in a rocket just don't want that to happen. Through the Financial Aid office, I was able to get my spring funds "emergency advanced" to me but that too takes time. It is my sincerest hope that I am able to purchase my ticket by next week. Further still, I need to purchase my housing accommodation and meal plan at Bond University. Luckily, I met a girl at a study abroad information session that was also going to Bond and we are in the process of buying our plane tickets together. In all honesty, my biggest apprehension to going abroad is the whole plane travel situation. What if I lose my luggage? What if one of my flights is delayed and throws off the layover for my connecting flight? What if I accidentally pack a nail file, too much toothpaste, or something as equally innocent and I'm sent to Customs for being a potential flight risk? There are just so many things that can go wrong at an airport and I'm happy that I'll have someone with me that will be helping me get through the craziness of it all. So much has to happen in the next few weeks and I'm wondering how it's all going to piece together. I might need to invest in some yoga DVDs or relaxation music to maintain my sane status. Five weeks until I leave for Australia!

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