After I got accepted, it didn’t take long for me to leave home for Cornell from Armenia. Definitely not long enough to mentally get ready for everything that was about to come. That was my first time traveling alone as none of my family members had a VISA to accompany me. Hence I was alone, standing in the airport, holding the ticket to start my first solo adventure — a journey of about 24 hours, two flights, one lay-over, an uber drive and a bus ride to Ithaca. Needless to say, that was my first time traveling to the U.S. too, and I had no idea what any of the places listed on my tickets looked like.