I had planned to go home to NorCal the day after my last final, and leave for Korea the morning after to spend my first two weeks of summer vacation there. I thought I could just take a few hours the night after my last final to pack my things in my dorm and take off in the morning. Well, it did not go as smoothly as I intended it to.

First of all, I could not find a place to store my dorm stuff. The person who was supposed to hold onto my things for the summer was not able to anymore and I had to search for another person less than 24 hours before my flight. I called multiple people in my address book to ask if they had anymore space left to store a few more boxes. Not to my surprise, they already had previous arrangements to store things for other people and they did not have any more space left. I totally understood that it was definitely too late to ask for this and I should have had a backup plan. I was mad at myself.

The packing process was quite a stress. I started packing the day before my flight and I had underestimated the time. I did not know where to even begin. The amount of clothes seemed to have doubled and tripled since the time I first moved into my dorm room, and I had no idea how to fit my closet into two suitcases (which definitely seemed to have shrunk since I last saw them). The time was 10PM. At this point, whether I could go home the next day was questionable.

I was frustrated. I was frustrated that I did not have anywhere to store my stuff for the summer. I was frustrated that I did not have a backup plan. I was frustrated that I had too many clothes. I  was frustrated that I could not fit all of my stuff in my suitcases. I was frustrated that my suitcases were over the weight limit to go through the airlines. I was frustrated at the time for keep ticking.

Luckily, I eventually found someone to hold onto my stuff for the summer, and I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t found that person. I was able to magically fit my clothes, shoes, and etc, in my suitcases, with some help from giving them away to friends and for donation. It was a stressful process, especially after a series of finals, but I did safely come home that next day.

If I learned anything from this experience, it is this:

Give yourself plenty of time, at least 2 days, to pack your stuff. Prearrange where you will store your things over the summer, and always double check BEFORE you have to leave for your flight.

I never knew anything could be so stressful.

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