I’ve been gathering the requisite items for my trip: money belt, adapter, gifts for hosts, hand sanitizer, pepto, and no less than 3 bottles of DEET in different forms. Physically, I’m feeling close to prepared and ready. Mentally, not so much. I depart for India in 5 days but I have other things on my mind: I still need to write 3 final papers, put in a final day at work, help plan a big event that I’m missing next week, celebrate my mom’s birthday, and find out if all my stuff is going to fit into my backpack.
But I know this is happening whether I feel ready or not. And I am committed to showing up and being present in the experience. I like to be in control, and I know I will need to relinquish it. I have few expectations, aside from knowing this will be far different from the rest of our MBA experience. I do feel ready to embrace the unknown and the challenge, and I am confident and thankful I will be in good company.