The beginning of our trip is now mere hours away. I’m not sure how to express everything that I am feeling right now. There is excitement. Definitely. I think nerves may be starting to creep up. Most of all I feel blindsided by how fast this is happening.

I am going to Africa. Let me repeat that. I am going to Africa! Even as I type it I have trouble wrapping my head around the concept that I, Milana Jordan, am going to Africa. Literally. 

My classmates and I have had 21 hours of intense instruction about a myriad of important topics. In just three days we’ve learned the basics of video and video editing, a semester’s worth of Theology, and how to interview and write journalistically. 

There is still a lot that needs to be done before I leave. I need to make lists of what I should pack in my carry on and in my checked bag, what should be in my camera bag, what I want for the flights and layovers, and what reading assignments need to be completed before we leave. I feel a tad stressed. I really don’t want to forget anything.

Though I’m sure it would take a lot more than a forgotten t-shirt to ruin this trip I want to be sure I’m as prepared as I can be. 

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