It’s that time of the year for many of us at the moment – moving away from home to go to College or to University. I’m leaving for England on Thursday, and I guess I should finally start packing, but here I am, writing blog posts instead.
Good thing I can at least write about packing, because obviously books will still be a big part of my life at uni, and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to get my bookshelf to a different country.
How many books you can actually take with you probably depends on how far away you’ll be moving from home. I’m going to a different country, but fortunately my dad’s taking me there in our car, so I can take a lot more books that I could if I was flying.
From what I’ve gathered it’s similar in the US, even though many people move to a different state for college, their parents often take them there, right?
So yeah, when I chose which books to take with me, I asked myself these questions:
How many books can I physically take with me?
Since I’m not travelling by plane, I don’t really have any luggage restrictions, and theoretically I can take however many books fit in our car. Unfortunately, books won’t be the most important thing I’ll be taking, so I’ll probably fill up the car with clothes and kitchen stuff first, and then hope that there’s enough room left for my books.
Of course I also had to think about how much room I’ll have for my books at uni and well… Probably not enough. But who cares. I can stack them on the floor.
Which books do I actually take?
I thought about this for a while. Do I take all my books? Or just my unread ones? Do I take my unread ones and a couple of all time favourites? In the end I decided that I will be bringing all my unread books (if they fit into the car, fingers crossed) and The Book Thief. Because that’s my favourite book of all time and I just like having that on my bedside table. I don’t think I’ll actually have a bedside table at uni, but you get the idea…..
I’m planning on taking the books I read during the school year back with me when I go home for holidays, because I don’t know if my dad will come up again to pick me up in summer and I might have to travel by plane then, so I wouldn’t be able to take as many books back with me at the end of the school year. And the thought of dozens of my books in some storage place in a different country quite frankly fills me with dread. But let’s be honest, I’ll probably buy a lot of books while I’m there, so really I have no idea how it’ll all work out. Oh well. That won’t stop me from taking my books with me.
Have you moved to college or uni before or are you doing it soon? How did you decide what books to take with you and how did you get them there? J