I have to say that all weekend I have been extremely anxious to leave for this trip! Now that the moment is almost here I am as happy and excited as can be.
Since the first group of ILC students departed for their school, I have been reading a great deal of inspiring blogs. Through reading the experiences of the others students, I have become more mentally prepared for my own trip and I made sure that I had all of my luggage ready to go well in advance. For the first time I was ready and packed three days in advance! Minus the loaner items I received from Don, my suitcase is filled with, what I feel are, practical clothes and useful miscellaneous items.
Although I am slightly nervous about traveling across the country and living there for five weeks, I am most definitely looking forward to this new experience. I am almost positive that I want to go to school on the East Coast, but after this trip I think that I will never want to leave! I love traveling and meeting new people, but I have never had the chance to really go so far out into the world without my family. I am so thankful that I now have the opportunity to do this and take an incredible course on Social Justice at the same time!
From the moment I arrive at El Cerrito High for the shuttle, I plan on completely embracing each and every day of this trip. St. Louis, Chicago, and Philadelphia are all cities that I have wanted to go to and it is a bit surreal that I will be in St. Louis, Missouri this time tomorrow! For tonight though I must contain my excitement, say goodnight, and catch some sleep.