I’ve been waiting so long for this moment -since last summer. And now that it’s finally here, I’m more nervous than anything. I’ve never been this far from home, in such a vastly diverse continent from my own. I think my nervousness mostly comes from the unexpected. I’m not exactly sure how the course will go and if it will meet my expectations. I’m uncertain how the new students will perceive me and how or if we will bond/form a friendship. I’m nervous for the difference in culture and how they perceive and treat their land and animals. Though despite this, ultimately I feel very fortunate that I get to go on this journey. Somehow I made this dream a reality. Going to Africa to study and learn about something that means so much to me is something I’ve always aspired for. My family and I had to pull some strings to make this happen, so I feel incredibly blessed. I know I will gain knowledge and experience through this journey, and past the depths of my nervousness, I have excitement. Luckily I will be traveling with a friend from school, so that makes me more comfortable about traveling and dealing with the airports. I forward to working with wildlife veterinarians and interacting with species I’ve probably never touched before.