Monthly Archives: August 2013

Late Night Productivity Update

Filled 6 pages in my mini Moleskin with lists of clothes that would be good to pack! My plan is to list everything I think of, then go through and cross off things I won’t actually wear as often or really need. Then I pack my bag, take out almost a fourth of it and put all that back, then leave my bag partially empty for room if I find anything cool on y travels. This plan worked exceptional well when I was in London last summer, and my bag was never over the allowed 50 pounds. I’m ordering my airline carry on approved hiking backpack tomorrow! Found a CHEAP one on Amazon, so I’m going to see if I can fit what I need for the plan ride in it, as well as enough for my 10 day break when I’ll be traveling across Spain and France to see a few friends living abroad as well this year. 40 more days! It’s finally beginning to feel real 🙂 I’ve never been so ready for anything in my entire life.

But all this list making has caused me to put off my workout until now, at midnight. (Yes, I’m crazy. But I was sick with a stomach ache earlier today and the medicine is just now kicking in!) Again, I leave in 40 days. I want to be in the best shape of my life so I’ll have enough energy and strength to do all the things I want to do and be able to climb mountains like they’re nothing. No rest days anymore! 40 days and 40 nights of “Insanity” workouts will hopefully get me into that peak physical fitness level I aspire to reach. People have done it before, and had amazing results after even just 20 days of non-stop dedication. I’ve seen some results in the first 30 days since I’ve been doing Insanity, but my dedication wavered because I claimed I was usually too tired after work. No excuses anymore!! 40 is a magical number (and 4 is my lucky number) so I truly think I can make a positive, healthy change in 40 days. Ok, enough of my obsessive list making and INSANE desire to get incredibly fit before I leave. Gotta go make some progress!!

Xx,

J

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42 Days Away/ Accommodation Application Completed!

41 days, 23 hours, 37 minutes and some odd seconds till I leave for my new home! There have been a few new bits of information in regards to the process that I thought to share with you all, as I have actually had a great experience dealing with the staff in various departments in Chester. Thankfully, nearly all the departments I’ve worked with during my time at UTC were efficient and helpful, but I did have a few experiences where offices recorded things incorrectly and nearly messed up my ability to graduate early. Fingers crossed that everything stays smooth with Chester!

Today, I was finally able to apply for housing (or accommodation as they call it) after a few emails back and forth with the IT Help Desk and my International Welfare officer. I had not been assigned a student ID or password, and could not access their equivalent to UTC’s Mocs Net. This was a bit stressful, because many of the things I need to do are linked to this account and university email. Thankfully, they were able to assign the information to me and I officially registered before the 10 August deadline. Unlike UTC, I did not apply to live in a specific dorm or with other specific people (not that it matters, as I do not know anyone!). Rather, I ranked my preferences to live in a specific type of housing. My top choice was naturally a full board single room with en-suite facilities (aka my own toilet/sink/shower) with similar places following. My last choice was a studio flat, because while that would be awesome if I was out of school, I want something close to the heart of campus where I can meet a lot of new people.

Not knowing exactly which house/hall I’ll be in is a bit stressful, but I feel confident I’ll end up where I need to be. Again, I was just so impressed by how quickly and efficiently my questions were answered. Another thing I like about the Chester process is that they have an iPhone app which allows you to do everything from apply for accommodation to check your email and register for classes. This is a great user friendly app and allows students to check things on the go without having to look at the teeny tiny font of a web page on Safari mobile.

I haven’t even begun to think about considering what I might pack for the trip. However, I am collecting items of clothing I think might be useful and attempting to sell all those that will not be useful online. So far, I’ve only made about $40. I’m taking things to a consignment shop soon, so we’ll see how that goes! More posts on packing will follow. I do have one question for any fellow world travelers out there:
Do you suggest using a hiking backpack as my airplane carry on? I plan to take a LOT of trips (as I don’t have class every day of the week as I did in the US), so I am wondering if taking a backpack would be smarter. I can also fit a LOT of clothes/food/provisions/blankets/etc in one of those backpacks, which is why I thought it might be a good idea. On the plane there, it would be mostly empty, and I could fill it with anything I want to bring back when I leave rather than having to make room in my suitcase.

Getting excited for the upcoming junkets!

Xx,

J

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