Don’t Video and Drive (unless it’s for CR)

I would like to preface this by saying that I know texting and driving is bad, and I don’t recommend it. When your phone dings with an email from Dr. P after winter break though, you have to check it.

My phone dinged three hours into my drive back to Arkansas for winter break. An email was the last thing I was expecting after just finishing finals. So, I had to check. I was shocked to see that it was from Dr. P. My heart stopped. Again, I know texting and driving is bad, but I just had to. I had to check (sorry mom). I opened the email, read the instructions, screamed a lot in my car, and completely missed my exit.

And the next one, and the next as I was filming my video to send to Dr P. to accept immediately. As I pulled into my family’s favorite little Italian restaurant, I burst in yelling with excitement, and the whole restaurant celebrated with me. This was a tiny peek into the community I will be celebrating with in Italy with much better Italian food.

I applied for CR because of the places, and the relationships. Germany, Switzerland, and Italy will be amazing. This will be my first time in Europe and I don’t entirely know what to expect, but I know that these places carry rich historical and cultural importance that reverberates throughout the world. I cannot wait to adventure through them with my arms and heart wide open to embrace every experience to the fullest. I also applied for the people; I am looking forward to building relationships with each person in our group and with the people in Europe. I want to learn about their lifestyles, passions, and cultures.

I know that I am excited because the people who have been on CR can’t say enough about the impact these people, places, and experiences have had on their lives. Past CR students get this glow in their eyes when they talk about the trip that I want to have. From the moment I met several of these people, I knew that I wanted this experience as well. I wanted this aura of camaraderie, wisdom, and global awareness that all past CR students seem to carry with them.

So, I will do my best not to miss any trains (I hear this is a real concern and high possibility) while videoing, but no promises.

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