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February 8th 2012. My Last Full Day in This Hemisphere!

Well the day has come. Today is my last full day here in the States. It’s crazy how time flies. I applied to the University of the Sunshine Coast during the first week of Spring Semester 2011. Since then over a year has gone by so unbelievably fast. So fast in fact that I still haven't been hit by the reality that I leave tomorrow and don’t think it’ll hit me until I’m being driven to my apartment (UniCentral) from the Brisbane airport.
I thankfully have not procrastinated my packing. I have done most of my packing, and am currently doing laundry to finish off that aspect. Over the last two weeks I made several lists and checked them each about thirty times to make sure I’m not forgetting anything. I have printed all the MANDATORY papers needed to be allowed into Australia. My visa, my certification of enrollment, my proof of housing, my airport transfer form, and my international health insurance card. After assuring I have all my chargers, an outlet adaptor, an ethernet cord (so I can have internet and get in touch with home), too many bathing suits, shirts, shorts, sunscreen, aloe, a sunhat, sandals, and some hiking gear etc... I’m quite sure I have all my bases covered. I hope. With most of the packing done today I’ll say my goodbyes to my friends here at BW and then my family is coming up for the night! Hopefully I have a nice final relaxing and stress free day.

Here are a few things I want to make sure I do while I’m in Australia, not everything, but a few things.
    Learn to surf
    Meet wonderful new friends
    Not freak out when I see my first semi-tarantula spider
    Continue to work out
    Explore parks of all sorts to see the nature
    Go to New Zealand
    Take a road trip
    Make sure I keep ample documentation so I can remember this trip like it         was yesterday for a long time

Overall, I am having mixed feelings this morning. I’m very excited to be going on this adventure! When else can I move to a different country for four and half months!? I have yet to hear any thing bad about study abroad experiences. I am a bit nervous to be delving into the unknown for such a long time though. I’m nervous and excited for my classes, finding out who my three roommates are and to be emerged into a different culture. Saying goodbye won’t be fun but I’ll be back soon enough... as I said time flies. I’m sure this will be a once in a life time experience for me!