Arriving in New York City today instilled much excitement in our small group of students, despite having to wake up before 5 a.m. to catch our red eye out of Raleigh destined for LaGuardia airport. Despite our fatigue, we were all instantly reenergized as we walked up to the United Nations building to register and check in for this week’s events for the 55th annual Commission on the Status of Women. After obtaining a security identification badge, I took a second to marvel in the UN lobby at where I was standing, and why I am here. I am prepared for a week of exchanging knowledge and ideas, networking, and learning. I am most excited about the learning part. There are so many brilliant and passionate minds attending this conference, I am certain that I will only be able to benefit from their interactions. So let this week’s events commence! I am ready to represent WomenNC, and eager absorb the vigorous minds that are about.