Classes are soon starting and I feel like I did when I was a kid going to the first day of school. There is a definite uncertainty of the future twisted with the excitement of the beginning of a new adventure. Being an untraditional graduate student, I had anticipated a certain type of distancing that would occur because of my unique background. My theory was completely demolished by the welcome provided at orientation. Professors and advisors all made me feel welcome and that I both belonged and deserved to be there. Even though orientation was only a day and a half, by the end of it, I already felt like I have known some of my classmates for a long time!