After getting acquainted, we had some free time and then prepared for the parent's reception which consisted of speakers who basically said, "Don't worry. For the next two months your kids are in great hands. They're going to have the time of their life and learn a whole bunch."
The ship is amazing and we're anticipating a great voyage. One of the very few downsides, though, is that we are allotted a mere 2 hours total of free internet time. And I don't mean to complain, well, maybe I do. But do they not realize that's equivalent to a whole two minutes a day? Any student in our generation who can limit themselves to that amount is either very efficient or has not yet succumb to the internet-crazed society we now live in.
I complain now but I think having limited communication with the outside world may actually be a nice change. It leaves more time for getting to know people on a face-to-face level and forces us to do activities that don't involve our phones, ipods, laptops, and such. It's a positive outlook, something I know I'll need for this experience. I'm excited and I'm ready to embark on this amazing journey. If I haven't thanked my parents yet, I hope they know how grateful I am for them allowing me to have this opportunity!