“No going back now, you know that, Joseph?”
“Of course. I'm not nervous though, I've been planning for this ever since you picked me to accompany you like a month ago.”
I knew he wasn't just saying that to assure me, but also to keep himself feeling confident as well. The trip wouldn't just be his first time out of the US for more than a few weeks, but also his first paid research opportunity since he had graduated from college. He couldn't mess it up if he wanted to get his own research grants and his own assistants in the future.
We stepped onto the plane with nothing but ourselves and our backpacks. We had checked in our luggage much earlier that day, and already stopped worrying about it. The plane wasn't very crowded, but that was expected for a flight from Los Angeles to Canada in the late summer. You'd have to be crazy to want the Canadian climate over the cozy warmth of California, or receiving a lot of money for research.
I felt a little bad for Joseph.