I can’t believe I leave for Tennessee in a week. Where did December and all of January go? I’m not complaining, though, because quite frankly I’m going stir crazy. I’m so excited for ASB 2014. I can already tell ROOTS is going to be an amazing trip. I can’t wait to really get to know my team members, but most importantly, come to understand the lives of the Cherokee Indians that occupy the region we’ll be exploring. I’ve really never studied anything pertaining to Native Americans, except of course how the white man pushed them out of their own territories. I’m hoping to build unforgettable relationships with these beautiful people while giving back to their community. Plus, I’ve heard the Smoky Mountains are pretty breath-taking, so that’s also a plus. I should probably start packing in these next few days… See you soon, Tennessee!