First let me say that the drive to Nashville from Rock Hill, SC was gorgeous. I drove right through/up/down many mountains. There were so many times where I wanted to take an exit just to explore (this might have had a little to do with nerves too). As a side note, Dept of Transportation, if you are going to put an interstate through some of the most scenic views and look outs this country has to offer, be kind and make pull offs so the American public can take pictures.
I made it here with time to spare and I even responded to an SOS call to pick 3 fellow DEN stars up from the airport. Nashville's airport, by the way, is fantastic and the let people who are picking up passengers wait, that's right I said WAIT up to 15 minutes as long as you have your trunk open. Charlotte Douglas International please take note!
We arrived to Vanderbilt with minimum u-turns and consultations to various directional technology. I was immediately greeted by a suite mate who showed me to my room. As expected there were many instances of squeals and hugs, but I must have given off a strong signal that I was neither a hugger or a squealer. Through all of that, as I was surrounded by like-minded educators who shared such an immense passion that there were willing to take 5 + days away from their summer and their families to share, connect, and learn, my nerves and anxiety (which I have battled for multiple weeks now) started to calm.