While not an educational aspect, living in close quarters with my fellow female classmates has been a huge part of this trip. Everyone knows that too many women in one area is bound to lead to drama. However, somehow the mix of quirky, quiet and inquisitive personalities has mixed together in an interesting way.
I came on this trip hoping to broaden my horizons and get to know people better than I could at school. Not only have I been able to establish deeper connections with people I knew on a surface level, I have been able to make new friends altogether. It’s interesting how such a short trip can teach you so much about the people you are with. Most of us have had to live with complete strangers at some point during our college careers. Being in a dorm teaches you to live with and tolerate others, however, sharing one room with nine other women puts that lesson to the test. We are all unique in our own ways. We communicate differently and, at times, it’s difficult to see where other people are coming from. However, this experience has been one of growth for me.
At the end of this trip, I will remember the organizations that we visited and be honored by the opportunity. I will remember the food that I have eaten and wish I didn’t have to return to the campus cafeteria and I will remember the people that I lived with and be grateful for who they are and what they bring to the table. They have taught me some of the most important lessons. I have learned that a little bit of patience goes a long way, that you can NEVER judge a book by its cover and that friends come from the places you least expect them to.