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It’s the night before I leave and I’m surprisingly not as nervous as I thought I would be. This past week I’ve been dealing with all the restlessness/anxiety/nerves/excited-ness that comes with a trip like this. Auckland, New Zealand is almost exactly 9,000 miles away from my hometown. It still doesn’t feel real, it hasn’t hit me that in 12 hours time I will be somewhere in the air on my way to the country of my childhood dreams. As a kid whenever I was asked “if you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?” I would answer New Zealand for whatever reason occurred to me at that moment. When really, I never knew why exactly I wanted to go there I just did. Fast-forward to now and I am. I finished packing this afternoon with my luggage weighing in at somewhere around 43 pounds and my carry on at about 14 pounds (I’m only allowed 15!) Packing was definitely more of a struggle than I anticipated. I’m taking the IFSA-Butler group flight tomorrow so hopefully I will meet some people on the way. If I don’t then I will when we are picked up from the airport to be taken to the IFSA-Butler orientation. I don’t really know what to expect but I predict that these 32 hours of travel time will not be the funnest, but I think I’m ready.


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