In a week I will be boarding a plane that will take me to London, England. This is a trip whose mental preparation has lasted about a year and physical preparation about half of that. However, before I embark on my 5 month study abroad journey, I must sit and wait in the Las Vegas airport in order to make it to a conference in Seattle, Washington. I will be home for almost exactly 24 hours in between my Seattle trip and my London flight, and if this is not representative of the last 6 months of my life, I do not know what is. This last year has been spent in preparation for graduate school and general life after college. I have been trying to fit every single experience into my last year of school, and my study abroad experience is the giant cherry on top of a sundae of exploration and discovery. I haven’t had the time to tell myself that this study abroad is a real thing. I am still coming to terms with it. I feel as though I am always saying goodbye to my family and friends, but I think that this will be a sweet goodbye – a goodbye that we all know will lead to wonderful and exciting experiences and changes in my life. However, before I say that goodbye, I must get ready to take off on this quick journey to a conference in Seattle. I think that the next few months of my life will be marked with more of this excitement and movement, and I am excited to continue to share my experiences.