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Journals from Jan Term 2014 - NURS 398 Traditional and Modern Healthcare in SE Asia

2012-12-20 Packing and Prepping


It is December 20th and I am sitting here staring at my partially packed suitcase. Only 13 more days until we depart for Thailand! As the trip gets closer I can’t decide if it is nerves or excitement or even a combination of the both that has me so jittery.

Am I forgetting something? I mean I know I am bound to. Do I have all my affairs in order? What happens if I forget something crucial? Will I be able to find it there? Oh shoot, and what about Christmas?! If I can only make it through the Holidays then maybe, just maybe I will be able to focus a little more…..

And my inner monologue goes on and on. I am an incessant planner. If I could, I would rather be over prepared than regularly prepared. The prep of this trip has my head spinning but then I look at my desktop wallpaper (seen in the picture above) and I am reminded of how lucky I am to be going on this trip. I may not know how things pan out on the packing and planning or even on the trip but I do know that this experience will be life changing.

I am honored to be going on this trip with 12 of the finest nursing students from Linfield. I am sure that we will have experiences that there will be no words for. Opportunities and feelings that will be hard to explain to others but ones that will need no words when shared amongst ourselves.

Thailand is waiting for us and I cannot wait to see what it has in store!

Kaitlyn Frazier

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