Trip for Change

Shared your story BU‘ submission by S. Lai 

Serendipity- finding something rewarding that has not been sought for. When you go in with no expectations, it opens the door to experiences beyond imagination. When you go in unexpected, you void any biases that can be associated. When you go in without any predispositions, you come out with more than you could expect. This is what and how I learned on the Alternative Reading Break trip to El Salvador with Habitat for Humanity.

It was extremely serendipitous to discover so much about what I want and don’t want out of life. The physical demand of the Habitat build coupled with the unforgiving heat resonated with me and I can’t imagine spending reading week any other way. Developing relationships with fellow Brock students and the locals is indescribable. It is one of those things where you just have to be there. No words can describe the experience and new perspective on life I’ve gained from this trip. I probably gained more from this trip than what they got from us.

We went down to help build a house but I didn’t realize the impact the family, masons and translators had left me with until it was time to say “¡hasta luego!” They inadvertently changed my life and I hope I made a difference in theirs. This trip has challenged my interest and curiosity in continuing my endeavor to explore new cultures. It has left me feeling nostalgic and hungry to explore my potential. I strongly believe life is all about creating opportunities because no one gets the road map to their life. At the end of the day, happiness is our own responsibility.

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