I had the time of my life here. It was the oddest feeling but I felt right at home even though I had never been and was surrounded by people speaking a different language. I had been toying with the idea of joining the IDF even before I went to Israel. I decided that I would first go on Birthright to see if my connection to Israel would strengthen even more, or if once I got there I would snap out this crazy idea. The most meaningful part of the trip to me was visiting Mount Herzl. Many of the Israeli soldiers that were part of our group shared stories in front of the gravestone of the friends they had lost. It was here that I finalized my decision to come to Israel, once I have graduated, and serve in the Israeli Defense Force.