I have spent the majority of the day checking my bags and ensuring I have all necessities from my packing list. I took a break before work to workout at the UAB rec center, clear my head, and talk to a few of my friends. It seems like just the other day we were in our classroom in the Collat School of Business, discussing the plan for our course over the semester, talking about how far we were from actually departing for Italy. Now we are moments away from stepping onto our flights and within a day we will be in a totally different place. I am wondering how the atmosphere will affect us. Personally, I have never traveled outside of the United States, so it will present fresh experiences. I have to ask myself: Will my sleep schedule feel disrupted? or will I be so excited I will barely notice a difference? I think I will feel anxious yet charged up and ready to see this new place filled with wonderful diverse people has to offer. I am thrilled to be a part of this group and program. I also feel lucky to have a great group of people to go with. The next time I a writing on here I will know how to more accurately describe what I am seeing, and thinking about in this post, for the first time. Till then, Ciao!