The Queen of OverPacking

As I am the queen of over packing, this was one of the biggest challenges I faced before my trip. How in the world am I supposed to fit half a school years worth of clothing in one bag? After many failed attempts, I finally got my luggage to be the exact weight of 49.5 lbs with a limit of 50 lbs a bag.  In this post, I will attach a copy of my improved packing list that I hope you find helpful!   >>>>>> packing list

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And the Count Down Begins…

In just 10 days, I will be traveling to the beautiful country of Cyprus to attend the University of Nicosia.

In 10 days, I will be in a country where I can only confidently say 3 phrases in their native language, Greek, including Thank you: Efkharito, Sorry: Signomi, and Do you speak english?: Milas Anlika? 

In 10 days, I will be flying on my own and living independently on a stunning island in the Mediterranean surrounded by breathtaking beaches.

In 10 days, I’m going to have to learn how to cook more than just cereal for myself.

In only 10 days, I will be 5,453 miles away from my family and friends.

These are just a few thoughts that have been running through my mind.  I am eager to begin my journey, despite the various concerns that I may have.  My parents have always taught me to be brave, responsible, and to grab opportunities as they come. They have taught me to be tolerant of differences and instead of judging, welcome them into my life.

When traveling to a new place, you can never be 100% sure of what to expect, but you should be prepared to arrive with an open mind and adventurous heart. In 10 days, I can look forward to being absorbed into the culture of Nicosia where I will be living for the next 3 months.  I can’t wait!!



My name is Noa Albilia. I am a sophomore at Susquehanna University studying Public Relations and am a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. I grew up in Oakland, New Jersey and have lived there my whole life. I truly enjoy traveling and learning about new cultures, which is why I am so excited to be studying abroad this coming Fall 2017 in Cyprus. I will use this site to blog about my experiences and hope you enjoy reading! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. Thank you for visiting my page!

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