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Meet Tom O’Brien

Tom OBrien
Tom O'Brien is an American abroad! He's having a great time getting to know New Zealand while he studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin.

Meet our newest blogger, Tom O’Brien!

Getting Ready!

As I sit here at my desk, I can’t stop my mind from wandering off and thinking about how my life is going to change over the next 5 months. Words cannot describe how I feel at this moment, and I haven’t even left my house yet. I know some things to expect down in New Zealand, but I also know there is a lot more that hasn’t even crossed my mind.

Leaving home for so long is going to be really difficult for me, but I know that I will always be thinking about my family and that they will always be thinking about me. Being away for 5 whole months without seeing them in person is certainly the longest I have ever had to deal with. I will get through it though and it will make it that much more special coming back and seeing them after this experience.

There are just about 5 days left until I won’t be on American soil anymore.

What I’m excited about

I can honestly say the 3 things I am most excited about are:

  1. Meeting new people and developing lasting friendships that can only come from having the time of your life with them
  2. Having the freedom to do whatever I want, when I want.  For example: Going on the great walks and trying to live on my own without anyone’s assistance except for the people I am with, who are in the exact situation as me
  3. Having the most incredible, life-altering, fun-filled experience that one could only dream about

As you can probably tell, I am beyond pumped for this semester abroad and I cannot wait until it is actually a reality. Be prepared for amazing pictures, videos, and updates on my life while in New Zealand.

Goodbye USA – Hello Utopia!!!

If you can’t wait for the next instalment of Tom’s adventures in New Zealand – check out his Tumblr blog