Two days ago, I arrived in Coleraine, Northern Ireland where I will be spending this semester studying abroad.
On Tuesday evening, I flew out of Springfield, Missouri to Dallas, Texas for a long, overnight flight to London. Keep in mind that this was my first time flying alone so the whole trip was sort of nerve wracking-I was constantly thinking “Am I going the right way?” or “What if something goes wrong what do I do?”
After being told in the United States that I would go through customs in the Belfast Airport, I quickly found out that I would have to go through customs and security in London. I had to quickly organize all my visa information, passport, and all other important documents to give to a guard where then I was only stamped to be permitted to stay in the United Kingdom for ONE MONTH (something wrong happened here and is being fixed).
While waiting in line to go through security, I happened to run into a girl from Oklahoma. After talking to her, I figured out we would be rooming together on campus.
After the both of us flew on our final plane from London to Belfast and took an hour bus ride from the airport, we were finally at what we now call home until the end of January. Along with the girl I met from Oklahoma, I am living with 4 other girls from the Midwest (Colorado and Missouri).
These past two days have been a giant whirlwind of orientation, jet lag, and trying to get settled it. Being six hours ahead of home is kicking my butt right now; I’m wide awake at 3 am (because it’s 9 pm in Missouri) and I’m tired at 10 am (4 am in Missouri). These past two days have been jammed pack of international student orientations from morning to late afternoon. Some of the activities that we have done are been on a school tour, gone shopping, picked out our classes, listen to speakers talk about the school, go to IT to set up wifi and passwords, and etc.
Luckily this morning, amongst all the chaos that’s going trying to get settled in, my housemates and I were able to walk to the town centre and enjoy the town that will be staying in until the end of January. We went to a small museum (within the picture below) that gave us some of the histories of the area, walked around and enjoyed the shops, grabbed some lunch, and figured out how to use public transportation.
I know this isn’t much, but stay tuned and I promise I will write more! It’s 12 am here right now and I’m trying to get accustomed to the time difference.