July 22nd, 2008

birds nest

Got any last words?

All my bags are packed
I'm ready to go
...
'cause I'm leaving on a jet plane
I do know when I'll be back again

That's a bit of an exaggeration. My pre-flight homework is done (about a dozen pages of essay questions for Women in Sport), but it's yet to be printed. My suitcase is pretty much full of clothes and shampoo bottles. Radio Shack thankfully had the right power cable to match my camera charger. 3am and I'm still not practically ready to go!

I thought I'd share a few thoughts with you before I finished up my state-side business and hit the sack for a few hours. My professors have sent out some last-minute advice for packing; fortunately (or disappointingly), they're much less verbose than my aunt. The highlights:
6. Bathroom/shower scandals are recommended.
7. Ball cap/hat

Now, I can't say I've spent much time with the Health Science department in the past, so I can't testify to their shower habits. However, around the rest of the University, we typically limit ourselves to one person per stall. Personally, I've never taken scandals into the bathroom -- they make my feet feel weird.

As for article 7, I certainly appreciated the reminder! I had my toilet paper, I had my camera, I had my sunglasses -- but I nearly forgot my hat. I'll fit in great in China. Maybe somebody will trade me a Delaware pin for a red star. I hope the Chinese Ministry of Culture doesn't eject me from the country.