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For those who do not know, I am leaving for the Domincan Republic this Saturday, November 9th. By the time this article is published, I will already be back from my trip. I am extremely anxious and excited, but I still have so much to do. With packing, getting my assignments, collecting money, getting passports, and making sure my suitcase is light enough, leaving the country is not an easy task. 

First, leaving the country is not cheap. Raising money for my trip was the first task on my to-do list. My dad and I raised about $2,500. That is the price of a used car. Raising this money was no easy task; however, we were able to do it. We started raising the money in late September and with the help of my church, family, and friends, we were able to raise all of the funds we needed. 

The next thing I have to do is obtain all of the items I need to leave such as my suitcase, passport, all of the clothes I will need, bathroom necessities, and any other useful components that will allow my days to run smoothly while I am away. On Thursday, October 31st, I did just that. I purchased miniature versions of all of my hygiene products. When traveling on an airplane, small items are a must so that you do not exceed weight limit. If bathroom items are being taken in carry-ons, they have to be a certain small size. I purchased things such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, and other items. 

As I am sure many of you know, missing a week of school is going to be challenging. That is precisely why I am writing this article so far in advance. Having seven classes with a new assignment every day that I will not be here for will be difficult. This is by far the worst part of this whole ordeal. However, I know that I will catch up. As my departure date gets closer, I ask my teachers for whatever assignments they can give me ahead of time. Most of them, sadly, are unable to give me any. Hopefully, I will be able to get a majority of my work done before I go, so I am not overwhelmed upon my return. 

This year, Jeremy Jones, my father, Kyah Preston, and her father Ryan Preston will all be joining me on this trip. I have gone every year since 2017, but they have never been before. I have to relay to them what we will be doing and tell them what the plans are. 

I also have to prepare myself mentally for this trip. While I am there, everyday we get up around seven in the morning and do not go to bed until around twelve in the morning. It is a very exhausting trip, but I would not do it any other way. 

In conclusion, everything I have to do for this trip is essential and time consuming. With packing and assignments, it can be very stressful. I hope this article informed some of you on how to prepare for a missions trip and allowed you to see what my life has consisted of this past week. Leaving the country is not an easy task, but it is all worth it in the end.

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