Today I arrived on campus with my parents for the first day of orientation. I’m glad that they were able to take part because for the first time they were able to meet the great people whom I will be spending the year with. They were also able to hear the great experiences from the returning volunteers, which definitely made a huge impact, especially after all the “danger” concerns. Most importantly, the parent orientation gave me what I had been looking for all these months, which was my mothers’ 100% approval. I think she finally realized why I wanted to do this after meeting and talking with all the loving-great people that are involved in the program. I finally felt at peace and more than ever ready to go.