Departure

Grace Haynes
May 28, 2013

Today I began my journey to Rome! The date of my departure snuck up on me, as I scrambled to stuff my belongings into a suitcase late last night. Passport: check. Carry-on: check. I crossed each item off my list and completed the daunting task of packing. Ahead lies nothing but excitement. I flew from Montgomery to Charlotte this morning, where I wait for my final connecting flight. One step closer to Rome!

Excitement overpowers my nerves as I imagine what my summer abroad has in store for me. I honestly do not think that I can fathom the experiences I will encounter in the coming seven weeks. I have seen images of Rome on either television or in movies, but that is completely different than observing the actual landmarks in real life. I am anxious to arrive and see the beautiful city firsthand.

Perhaps I should include some background information about myself. I am a rising Junior at Washington and Lee University, where I am majoring in English and minoring in Creative Writing. I am also interested in pursuing a career in secondary education. Writing a novel would not be so bad either! This sets up my internship for the summer. I will hopefully be interning at La Maisonnette kindergarten for the summer. My main concern is the language barrier, but I am optimistic that everything will work out.

I am eager to expand my horizons through my study abroad and to grow as a person through the experiences I will encounter. A smile spreads across my face as I daydream about the endless possibilities of my explorations in Rome. I am looking forward to meeting my roommates and the other students on the trip. Together we will tackle the Eternal City. Follow me throughout my adventurous summer in Rome!

Grace Haynes

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<div><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Grace Haynes is a student at Washington and Lee University, where she studies English and Creative Writing. In her free time, Grace enjoys running, writing, reading, and spending time with friends. She is from Montgomery, Alabama and is excited to venture to Rome for the summer. Join her on her summer adventures!</span></div>

Destination:
Term:
2013 Summer 1, 2013 Summer 2
Home university:
Washington and Lee University
Major:
English
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