All Systems Go!

Sarah Wills
Sarah Wills
Sarah Wills is a second year History student at University of Leicester and next semester is en route to a study-abroad year in Adelaide at Flinders University.

Hello! I’m Sarah and I’m currently a second-year History student at the University of Leicester and I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to study abroad at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia for a year! So in July, I shall be jetting off for a year in the sun and I cannot wait.

So why am I writing this blog?

Well, firstly, I know that I’m terrible at staying in contact with people (ask any of my friends) so I figured that this would be a great way for people to find out what I’m up to. Secondly, I am writing it for all those people who are considering studying abroad as a little insight into the whole experience, so I hope that some of you find it useful!

It’s now been a few weeks since I was accepted to Flinders University (blame the lateness of this blog on deadlines and possibly laziness…) but I shall try to start from the beginning all the same. Obviously, there was a lot of excitement all around.

I mean, it had just been confirmed that I was going to study in Australia for a WHOLE YEAR.

Amazinggg. But, it was also a little scary. Quite a big bit scary actually, to be honest. The thought of leaving my family and friends behind for all that time was, and still is, devastating.

Secondly, it’s SO far away. Australia is literally the complete opposite side of the world from home and at first, it’s going to be quite isolating I think. I won’t be able to just ring home for a quick chat on my way home from work anymore, or call my mum and ask her how to get rid of mould. It’s just going to be very different and it’ll take some getting used to. On the plus side though, the weather in Adelaide looks set to be beautiful all year round (compared to England!) so that’s one thing to look forward to! I’m definitely not going to miss the ‘lovely’ British weather…

I do know that deep down my family really want me to make this most of this opportunity though.

My mum was actually quite excited for me, her first text being: ‘Woohoo!!!! All systems go!!!!’, or something pretty similar. (Inspiration for the title of this post…). And so whilst the idea of moving to a different country for a year has been pretty scary, I’ve taken this phrase on board and have started trying to sort my life out before the big move.

Things I have already done: accepted my offer, chosen my modules and paid for my overseas health cover. Okay, so not much, but I’m getting there! I have been looking at flights this week and have also started to figure out which places I’d like to visit whilst I’m over there (the list for this is already HUGE). Oh, and I’ve started thinking about the going away parties that I’m going to throw for my friends and family too so that’s also quite exciting.

But to be honest with you, it all still feels so far away!

I know, I know, three months is going to FLY by and it’ll be here before I know it. But I just can’t get my head around it still. I guess it’s because I have a pretty busy three months lined up, what with three essays to write, two exams to sit and the hundreds of goodbyes I have to say. I just don’t have time to think about my year abroad! But I will, starting tomorrow. I will make myself a revision timetable, get started on these essays and actually start writing down the flight deals and trip deals I see rather than just saying, ‘wow, that is SO good.’ Maybe…

Either way, I know one thing for sure – July 2012-July 2013 is going to be the best year of my life. And if you want to follow me on my travels and learn what it’s really like to be a study abroad student, then please do keep an eye out for me! I shall try and keep you updated as much as possible 🙂 And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.