This will be the the first entry of my new blog Gerald's Journey. I will be talking about my journey from start to finish at MSOE. As of right now, I don't know how many entries I'll make but I hope to create as much as I can.
The topic of this entry will cover my travel's to MSOE.
It is August 31, 2013 at the Honolulu International Airport. My flight is scheduled to leave at 10pm. I arrive at the airport with my family at around 7pm. Reflecting back on my life, I feel that I have accomplished so much and will be moving forward onto a new journey through college. As I approach the gate with my family and luggage(one big khaki suitcase and a dufflebag), I see a couple of my close friends. We share some final laughs together as we begin to go our separate ways towards life after high school. At that time, I honestly felt that it wasn't a big deal, leaving Hawaii to go to MSOE. As I ready to leave to board the plane, I say my final goodbyes to my family and friends. My mother of course, shed some tears, her eye's full and red. I hug everyone and wish them luck for I will be back whenever I am able to. When I enter the gates, I take the long walk to the waiting area for passenger boarding. I sit down and a couple of minutes later, someone announces that the flight will be delayed for an hour. This meant that I will be leaving at 11pm to Seattle (my first layover). I sit back and relax in my seat, tinkering with my phone, messaging people on Facebook and checking my Twitter feed.
The wait goes by really quickly and I board the plane. This was a huge moment in my life because it would be my first time boarding a plane all by myself and flying solo. I sat next to a couple who seemed pretty polite. We didn't talk much but that didn't bother me. The flight to Seattle took about 4-5 hrs. As the plane landed in Seattle, I immediately inspect my surroundings. This was my first time ever setting foot on the mainland. I stayed in Seattle for a few hours. I sit in the boarding area and prepare my self for the 10 hour flight to Minnesota.
I board the plane and was seated in the front row. I sat next to very kind lady who had her two dogs as company. I told her that I was going to college and she shared that her daughter was currently attending college. We talked for a bit until a gentleman walked up to us and asked if either one of us would mind switching seats. He wanted to sit with his wife and was originally assigned a solo seat at first class. I look at the lady sitting next to me and she looked back at me. She told me to go ahead and take the seat. I sat in first class for 10 hours and it was great.
The plane landed in Minnesota and I was at a whole new state. The 10 hours were tiring but my excitement did not die down at all. I still found myself inspecting my surroundings, soaking in the sights. Again, I took another long walk to the next boarding area, the final boarding area, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I decided to not take the speedwalk thingies at Minnesota. I wanted to walk and take my time. This flight took about an hour to get to Milwaukee and I was glad.
Landing in Milwaukee, I made sure to secure my luggage. It was about 6pm at that time. Upon departing the plane, I headed straight to the baggage claim area. I anxiously waited for my belongings. I was able to retrieve my duffle bag but my suitcase was no where to be found. I head over to the information desk and I was set up with a delivery person to drop off my luggage at the Roy W. Johnson(RWJ) Resident Hall at MSOE. The lady at the desk knew I was from Hawaii because she said that I talked like her friend who was also from Hawaii. I asked her if it was my voice or if I had an accent and she said that there was a distinct sound in my voice that sounded like her friend's voice. I guess people from Hawaii have unique voices or accents. After talking to her, I exited the airport and decided on my mode of transportation to MSOE.
I see some cabs across the street and knew that this would be the ideal mode of transportation to MSOE. Driver's were already waiting for customers and one driver took the initiative to offer me a ride. I told him where I wanted to go, 1121 North Milwaukee St., the address to RWJ. Throughout the whole car ride, I looked out the window, seeing how Milwaukee looked like by cab. It was amazing and looked very historical. Of course, way different from back home. The cab ride took less than 30 min and I arrived at MSOE safe and sound.
Looking back at that time, I remember how fun it was to travel to MSOE. It was a great experience and a milestone in my life. I look forward to the rest of my years here at MSOE.