The week leading up to takeoff has not been the easiest for me. I managed to get a stomach bug on Tuesday that left be bedridden all of that day and Wednesday. The timing on nature’s part there was not the best, but after going through the what seemed like the seven stages of grief (Why did this happen? Am I going to be able to go still?) and two freak-outs later I am feeling more like myself again. I wanted to share this, not to scare anyone, but to say that things happen, and you can’t let it stop you from doing something life changing. As someone who has suffered from severe anxiety for a long time, I know that avoiding things that are outside your comfort zone is easier. I’m not a someone that is going to tell you that doing something like choosing to take a trip outside the country with out your family for the first time ever is going to be easy, but If you go through with it your will be so grateful you did. Like Dr. Bunn says, “something in you changes when you make the decision to study abroad,” and I could’t agree more.