Felicia Black
Felicia Black
South Africa 2011- 2012
I am a recent Belmont graduate (Class of 2011) and I am going back to South Africa. I first went to South Africa in the fall of my junior year at Belmont and I had so much fun I decided to apply for the Lumos award and have been lucky enough to go again! Check out my previous blog at http://coming2sa.blogspot.com/ I will also be updating that blog as I return to South Africa so check ‘em out! Read More About Felicia →

Pre-Departure Pains

I still feel like I have so many things to do. First off, I’m trying to come back in nine months instead of the year I had orginially planned. Note to any future Lumos awardees: check and double check your budget. Mine ended up being a lot more than I thought which is why I’m trying to come back early. The more accurate your budget the easier it will be for you in end. Trust me.

But of course I tried to do this way too close to when I leave. I depart Saturday and it’s early Friday morning as I write this post. Procrastination will always get you. Didn’t college teach me that? (apparently not)

Changing the date of my return also means changing my insurance and my flight both of which I haven’t done because I’m still talking with my organization and Lumos about coming back early. This is completely my fault and I admit that readily but this is making the pre-departure pains much worse.

I still have to

-get adapter so my electronics work in South Africa

-finish packing (almost done)

-make sure my financies are in order (I’m still broke)

-organize my rolls of film so I know what pictures I take

-do laundry (for the clothes I’ve worn but still want to bring)

-make sure I know how to pay for my insurance once I go abroad (a must)

-figure out if I’m coming back in nine months or not


I’m sure the list goes on but needless to say I’m anxious. Plus I’m seeing Harry Potter tomorrow 🙂 I can’t wait to see how it ends even though I’ve already read the books. This hardly seems the time for sleeping!

Packing and re-packing was a mess. I pretty much had everything packed except for summer stuff but then my mom gave me a ton of school supplies to bring with me. And I was only planning on checking one bag. That’s definitely not happening. I looked helplessly around the room that I had completely covered in the things I wanted to bring and thought there was no way I could mass them all in one bag (pictures to come later)

Actually it did work. My bag was about to bust but most of it fit. But then there were still a few things that wouldn’t fit so I finally resigned to bring another bag, bringing my total amount of bags to 5 (purse, backpack, laptop bag and 2 suitcases). Thankfully I’m almost done and morning will come whether I like it or not so I shall attempt to get some shuteye. Night y’all!

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