Scotland, Fear Not!


For me, the act of traveling is sweaty hands and nervous jitters. It’s three in the morning Google searches about the statistics of plane crashes. It’s a lot of praying and 11:11 wishes about a safe trip. The process of getting from point A to point B is the monster hiding under my bed. Yet, point B demands my attention. It heckles me with such ferocity I have no other choice but to push through – at the very least to prove that I can.

It’s less than 24 hours until my flight to Scotland. This past week has been full of nonstop preparation, but it will all be worth it. I have successfully packed, alerted my bank, and made copies of my itinerary for my parents. My fingers are crossed that I am not forgetting anything too important.

I’ve spent the last week at my parents’ house in Joplin and I already know I will be homesick. My cat has been sleeping on top of my suitcase, and I think he wants to go with me. I will also miss having easy access to communication with my parents. On the other hand, I’m looking forward to coming back and telling my parents about my experiences.

Here’s to the next month of adventures!

Samantha is a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying Psychology and Art History.  She is spending the summer abroad with the UMKC Honors Summer Program in Scotland.

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