The final countdown

Today marks one week until I leave the comforts of small town Kentucky for the wonders of somewhere new. I have seven short days to get everything settled before I leave for Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s strange that something that has seemed so far in the distance is finally here. Kinda creeps up on you, ya know? I have been receiving emails from DIS almost daily and my empty suitcases are glaring at me. Within the last 24 hours I have experienced a wide array of emotions ranging from “oh-my-gosh-get-me-on-that-plane-right-now” to “oh-my-gosh-I-won’t-see-my-family-for-four-months” to “oh-my-gosh-I-am-way-underprepared-to-leave-in-a-week”.  As you can see, “oh-my-gosh” is the overarching theme. To say I am excited is an understatement.

Things I am excited for:

1. Living in Copenhagen (seriously, how cool is that?!)
2. Living in Copenhagen (sorry, I just watched Fight Club and felt the need to do that)
3. My classes (Glaciers and Human Impact: Icelandic Climate Change Case Study, Human Trafficking in a Global Context, Danish Politics and Society, and Equality in Scandinavia)
4. Hygge (more on that later)
5. New friends
6. Living in the Green Living and Learning Community (which is focused on sustainability and is located in the city center)
7. My visiting family (I won’t be doing a homestay, but DIS still provides a way to meet people who live in Denmark and connect with a family)
8. Traveling (the list of countries keeps growing to include basically all of Europe, still working on refining this)

Things that I will miss:

1. My family
2. My friends
3. Vanderbilt (some serious FOMO already since classes have started)
4. University of Kentucky basketball
5. Normal amounts of daylight (apparently it will be dark most of the time once I get to Copenhagen, not sure how to prepare for this)

All-in-all, I can’t wait to start this next adventure and share my experiences (quite possibly in list-form as all of the above information is). I know this will be a time a great growth and learning, and I look forward to immersing myself in the Danish culture. I’ll keep you posted!


One thought on “The final countdown

  1. Emily says:

    Okay, I hope this doesn’t come off as super creepy but I’m a DIS student this semester also from Kentucky and seriously missing Kentucky basketball! If you’re ever looking for someone to watch games with (/be sad with when the cats take home #9 and we’re not in the country…) let me know! (My name is in my email address)


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