Driving over that bridge after eight hours of travel today was unbelievable—one moment, you’re shrouded in nothing but trees and stars, and the next, the lights of the huge city sprawl before you and glitter in the surrounding water. The city is a beautiful sight, and it’s weird to realize that this is where I’m going to be living for the next four years of my life.

It was sort of surreal to finally reach the place I’m going to live in. I’ve never visited campus or even been to Pittsburgh before, so it was crazy to see what it looked like. I’m anxious to see the city in daylight and to actually get around the campus. First, though, we’re spending a couple days doing some last minute shopping and such. My actual move-in day isn’t until Sunday.

I’m crazy nervous. And excited. And scared. And starting to realize that my mom really is going to get in the car and leave me here all by myself. Well, sort of. I’m a little freaked out.

But really, seeing campus today, even in the dark was pretty cool. And the city’s amazing—I think I could really learn to love it here.