It’s the final countdown

Hi everyone!  Welcome to my blog.  My name is Whitney, and I’m a junior at the University of Richmond, majoring in International Studies with a concentration in World Politics and Diplomacy.  I’m so glad you’ve decided to follow my adventure to Europe –University College Maastricht (UCM) in Maastricht, the Netherlands, to be exact.  You may be wondering, “Why the Netherlands?” When looking at all of the options UR has to offer– and there are a lot– Maastricht seemed like a good fit.  It’s located in Europe, so I will have the opportunity to travel.  I also knew that I wanted to be able to take unique classes that would count towards my major.  Since I’ve traveled outside of the country before (to Central/South America and Spain), I knew I wanted to go somewhere that I had not already been.  Also, Maastricht seems like a quaint place to be.  In short, UCM and Maastricht seems like a good place for me.  As the title of this posts suggests, it is indeed the final countdown.  The title was inspired by the song entitled The Final Countdown by the band Europe.  My journey begins exactly one week from today.

While the majority of my fellow classmates started their semester two weeks ago, I’ve been making several “to-do” lists and attempting to pack enough of my life to last me four months.  You may be wondering what is on some of my lists.  Passport? Check. Insulated waterproof jacket for rainy days? Check.  Camera?  Definitely a check (there will definitely be pictures in future posts).  Residence permit? Half of a check (I’ve completed half of the necessary paperwork, but the remaining information has to be filled out in person after my arrival in The Netherlands).  Exchange my money to Euros (the currency used in the majority of Europe)? No.  That and laundry are at the top of my “to-do” list for Monday.  Overall, packing has proven to be slightly more difficult than expected.  I didn’t realize how much stuff I use on a daily basis.  Fortunately, I received a very good tip: “Pack half as much stuff as you think you may need and twice as much money”.  I’ll definitely keep that in mind as I finish packing.

As I mentioned earlier, I have one week left to prepare for my study abroad experience.  I’m excited and nervous at the same time.  I think I’m extremely anxious to live, learn, and experience a new culture.  I hope you all will continue to follow my posts.  The next time you hear from me, I’ll be in The Netherlands!

6 Responses to It’s the final countdown

  1. Alma says:

    This is GM I was thinking about you, love You.

  2. Pam Lewis says:

    Hi Whitney
    This is a great adventure for you that can go a long way towards your ultimate career goals. Learn and see as much as you can. Embrace the culture and let us know how the food tastes!

  3. Celeste says:

    The Netherlands will never be the same again 🙂 Have a great time.

  4. DR.J says:

    Whitney some FYI information: You can select either the 9:00AM or the 11:00AM services to follow the Saint Paul’s web ministry. Visit and follow services for “People on the Grow”. Who knows every once in a while the camera captures images of the audience. You may see us in worship, that would be cool!!!
    DR. J

  5. DR.J says:

    Whitney you are certainly stretching your college career. The time you are spending experiencing a different culture will remain a memory for many years after you graduate from UR. It is great that you selected a school that could give you this opportunity to travel. I am making plans to meet you at the airport on Saturday afternoon. I hope to catch you before you officially go through customs. I am looking to arrive about 4PM. I think you had some good advice to pack half of what you need and have plenty of money to purchase things you didn’t pack. Do you have a mailing address yet would like to begin the care package. Since you will not be in the states for the Super Bowl I will need you to make your bet before you depart.

  6. cejae johnson says:

    have fun

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