The Final Countdown

I have three days left until I leave and I am freaking out. Not that I am not ridiculously excited to go, but I know that I am leaving for a foreign country where they speak a different language without people that I know and I don't have a place to stay. That's why I haven't been packing. As soon as clothes go in the suitcase, I am really leaving my friends, family and familiarity for five and a half months. I do have my visa and I feel way better feeling my passport in my hands. What is it with me and severe passport/visa issues right before a study abroad? It's only happened twice but that is two more times than most people. Then again, how many people get to go to foreign country for more than a few days, let alone to do it twice? I feel so lucky to have this opportunity. That said, it's been really hard work and a lot of stress to get myself into this position. I just hope I don't mess it up. I feel like I didn't take full advantage of my stay in Taipei. Part of that had to do with curfew and how tired I was all of the time. I get much more time to get acclamated to my surroundings and there is no comfort zone. In Taiwan, I had people that I sort of knew from class but I am hurling myself into completely new everything. It will also help that there will be a wave of new students who are all in a new situation and looking for friends to connect with. I'm trying to look at it like that rather than freak out. I'll let you know how that works for me.