Getting ready!

on July 21 | in Student life | by Pamela Calvas | with 10 Comments

luggageFinally! 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.

swiss_plug2Something 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!

Happy Packing!!

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10 Responses

  1. Ting Ting Lo says:

    OMG… it’s sooo exciting and i can soo c u feel like… OMG, there’s soo much to do and donno where to start… reading ur blog and all the flashbacks… aw dear, it all seemed like no soo long ago.. i was there doing the same thing, turning a new chapter in life… OMMG…

    All the best and if u need an advice (not that u do but..) here is one.. ^_^
    the best way to handle this is… expect the unexpected and have a ball!!!! embrace everything and have great fun.. (it’s the way of LIFE!!!! )

    Bon voyage!!!


  2. Jaslanika Bhatia says:

    Hi! I am preparing for my study at Les Rcohes as a Ho1 student , which starts on October 4. I am really excited and a little nervous because I really dont know what would happen when i am finally there. Reading your blog,makes me more excited and dreamy. I am preparing and packing, its an exciting feeling. What i am really confused about is – which laptop?..Please give me your suggestions..i really cannot decide about this. Its lovely reading your blog, i have already bookmark’d it!!

    • Pamela says:

      Dear Jaslanica,

      How are u? I bet you are excited about coming to the school. Hey I might see you on October then! Do not worry too much about the type of laptop you get, though I STRONGLY recommend you to get WINDOWS as your main software. Please any doubts write me to

      Have a great day!

  3. Akash Patil says:

    Hey hello Jaslanika, am Akash & am also flying to Les Roches on the 4th of October for the HO1 program, am also much excited like you & am wating for 4

  4. Akash Patil says:

    Hey hello Jaslanika, am Akash from Mumbai,Indian & am also flying to Les Roches on the 4th of October for the HO1 program, am also much excited like you & am wating for 4th of October much. Happy to meet you there, and I will also like to get your Facebook ID. Thanks!

  5. Jaslanika says:

    Hey,Akash, thats great to know. It’ll be a great time there, will be a lifetime experience. Pamela,thanks so much for your help. I recently bought my laptop and i love it and as you said I have Windows 7 as my main software. Akash,i dont have a facebook account but you can contact me on Waiting for hear from you soon,take care!!

  6. Byran Davies says:

    Dear Pamela,

    I’m Byran from Malaysia, My brother and i will be going to LR for the January intake. I found your information on the socket adaptors of much use. I never actually thought about that until i read your blog. So thanks for the very useful information. If there are any other small information alike to that, please do let me know! Thanks alot and take care!

    • Pamela says:

      Glad to hear that is being of some use! I would recommend looking into things like clothes for school and articles that might be too expensive in Switzerland in comparison to other countries. For any extra info dont hesitate to contact me .. fb or email:

      Have a great day

  7. replacement windows charlotte says:

    Some posts are very dry and hard to read, yours has been very well written and informational!

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