Written by: Sam MacNeil
Thinking about going abroad for Reading Week? My advice would be 100% do it! Throughout your university career, people will tell you to set yourself apart from anyone else who could potentially be competing for your future job. The best way to develop your life resume is to experience something different from the ordinary.
In August 2013, I took a trip with nine strangers to a remote village in Nicaragua. While this may seem like the opening plot line to a thriller movie, it was the best experience of my life. We were completely submerged into a foreign culture, surrounded by unfamiliar things. While I can admit that this notion seemed terrifying in the beginning, you eventually realize the experience presents so many opportunities to find out things about who you are as a person and what you care about in life.
One of the most conflicting questions we are faced with in life is “who are you, and what do you want to do?” The best way to answer these questions is to get out of your comfort zone and redefine what your life means. My outreach trip did not only lead to meeting nine amazing people with similar interests and life goals, I experienced life in a developing culture with different food, language, clothing and ways of life. If any of these experiences sound like something you would be interested in, do not hesitate.
Like the great ones always say, YOLO.
Read about 2014 Alternative Reading Week experiences here