Finally! Only a few more day and I will be on a plane to Switzerland. Well, many of us will be! I have been waiting for this day with so much anticipation that waiting only for two more days seems like an eternity. Packing has taken a long time too. In fact, in the beginning, I thought I would be packing a lot less than what I have packed now; every time there was something else that I wanted to bring with me and I was saying to myself, “it doesn´t weigh too much” but now I am prepared to pay for overweight at the airport! In my case, it is a 13 hour flight from Ecuador to Spain, and then a shorter flight from Madrid to Geneva. I booked my flights some time in advance and I am relieved that I got a flight out of Madrid only a few hours after my flight from Ecuador, so that I do not have to wait too long for the connection flight and with so much luggage.
I also received an e-mail from Les Roches that reminded me of a few more things, so I highly recommend you to read through the pre-arrival list, even if you have done it some time ago, do it again to double check. I was very sure of all the things I had to bring with me but there are always some last minute things that could come to mind and that you might be forgetting about.
Something that I had totally forgot about was the plug adapters that I will need in Switzerland while using some of my electronics. Europe and most other countries in the world use a voltage which is twice that of the US. It is between 220 and 240 volts, whereas in Japan and in most of the Americas the voltage is between 100 and 127 volts. Switzerland has its own standard of socket type and you can compare it to the one used in your country on this website. So make sure to bring a couple of plug adapters with you otherwise you might not be able to use your electronics right away, and maybe you might even need a convertor, it depends on the type of electronic appliance. You can switch the voltage in some of them like in the hair drier, or the iron. Check this out
It might be, for some of you, the first time you travel with all of your stuff. I have been thinking about all of the things that I need to bring and I want to get everything ready so that I can spend some more time with friends and family before leaving but the whole fact about leaving and the anticipation is so huge that I feel a little overwhelmed.
Thanks to the Facebook page of Les Roches I have been able to talk to some of the future students and some have shared their thoughts with me, so I know that many of us are feeling the same kind of nervousness. Probably once you get to the airport and say goodbye to your friends and family you might get emotional but it is totally normal to feel this way. Some of us come from very far away and not having our relatives or friends around will always delay the adjustment process to this new environment; however, it is great to hear all of the comments about Les Roches being more like a family for the students, and although I haven´t actually visited the campus before, it already seems like Les Roches is a very welcoming institution.
I feel it from the way the recruitment team has been with me and the support I have received by the people I have talked to online. And there are always things to look forward to like the fact that all of us will be making many new friends too!
Look forward to seeing all of you soon!