After waiting for what seems like forever (really since December 2016) I’ve finally gotten confirmation that I will be spending my third year of university on exchange! In September of this year I will be flying across the pond to beautiful Oxford, England to study at Oxford Brookes University, and I could not be more excited!
So way back in December I started the process of applying for an international exchange. There was lots of paperwork and research to be done – references, resume, statement of interest, budgets, choices of possible courses – and once it was sent off, the waiting game began. I didn’t hear anything until the very last day of March, when I got an email saying I’d been nominated for an exchange to OBU and did I accept (obviously I said yes). The waiting resumed and in late April I attended a pre-departure orientation day which just solidified my excitement. The day was a fantastic opportunity to meet other people going to the UK and to Oxford Brookes in particular, and it was great to go over pretty much every detail necessary for a successful exchange. There was just one thing – it was mentioned that those of us going to England may not hear from our host university until the summer… great. Cue increased stress levels!
I need not have panicked, though, because literally the next day I got an email from OBU with instructions and links to their online application to really get the ball rolling. Once I submitted everything they needed I got to continue waiting (I love being in the dark). After an eternity of waiting (im)patiently, I got a student number and was able to apply for residence. Everything was finally confirmed on their end, so I could really start getting excited and tell people that I’d been officially accepted to spend the year at OBU. Now the real fun begins!
The rest of my summer now looks to be anything but relaxing. The amount of stuff I’m going to have to do before I leave, coupled with working, is kind of ridiculous but I’m sure it will all be worth it. I predict an abundance of lists over the next couple of months, of things I need to do, people I need to talk to, and places I need to be. And of course the steady growth of excitement and anticipation! There may not be consistent blog posts until I’m on British soil, but I’ll try my best.
So marks the maiden voyage of this little blog! I hope you will join me in metaphorically breaking a bottle of champagne over the bow of The GLOB as she sets sail on this new whirlwind adventure.