I cannot believe that in 3 days I will be getting on a flight across the Atlantic Ocean to head to Rome. I never imagined when I entered an accelerated physical therapy program I would be able to to study abroad for a semester but I soon will be. However, I am now faced with the difficulty of packing. How can I pack what usually takes the whole trunk of my dads Chevy Tahoe and fit it into 1 large suitcase, 1 carry-on and a backpack? I am learning what the true necessities are.
Today I packed up my whole life for 90 days. I was worried that I wouldn't make it all fit but I was pleasantly surprised that I could fit everything in my carry-on and suitcase with room to spare. I still have more than 15 pounds in my checked suitcase for souvenirs (the important part of traveling). I keep finding a small thing here or there that I should make sure I pack but overall I have everything. Online I see the pictures of my friends back at school while I am still home packing my life away. When I started winter break all I could think was I still have a lot of time, but now I'm left with just days before I leave.
These last few days before I leave are full of saying goodbye to my friends and family, laundry to make sure I have all the clothes I need, cleaning, copying, and making phone calls. I am so excited to get going. The only thing I'm worried about is whether my suitcase will end up on the carousel at Rome. Hopefully with positive thinking it will happen (and the fact that I chose bright colored suitcases so no one mistakes them for theirs).
I'm Sabrina Kirsch a sophmore physical therapy student at Duquesne University. I will be spending the spring semester of 2017 in Rome, Italy where I will eat my way through all the gelato and pasta they offer. My goal is to see everything possible and visit as many countries as possible.