Adventure is Out There!
I have always been the type of person who believes that life is exactly what you make of it. You can choose to stay right where you are or you can recognize that the world is an incredible place with so many exciting things to do and so many fascinating people to meet.
This academic year I have been lucky enough to do a great deal of travelling, nationally and internationally, and it has changed me in every way imaginable.
It started in October when I was able to travel to The Mound in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin for the first time. I had the opportunity to spend a weekend with an amazing group of friends and some Dominican Sisters. In these few short days I learned so much about myself, as well as the remarkable history of the Sinsinawa Dominicans.
Then in November I had the chance to take a pilgrimage down to Fort Benning, Georgia to participate in the protest against the School of the Americas, with some fellow social justice activists. This trip opened my eyes to the injustices in the world, and fueled my passion for social work.
In January I took the first plane ride of my life to San Lucas in Guatemala where I had the opportunity to stay at a mission and work with the native people. Finally, I am just about to depart on a trip to Haiti, where I will also be spending a week doing service work.
These experiences have all been remarkably different in many ways, but in a lot of ways they have also been very similar. Reflecting back, what was always the most wonderful aspect of each trip were the people that I met, and the interactions that I had with them: the stories that the Sisters shared with us at the Mound, the passionate people that I met in Georgia, the hardworking and loving individuals in Guatemala. They were all what made these some of the most enriching times of my life.
We can learn so much from other people, but it is almost impossible to do this without travelling and expanding our horizons. Everywhere we go in the world there is somebody new to meet and to learn from.
Dominican has provided me with countless opportunities to pursue my own passion for travel, and for that I am forever grateful.
One of my favorite quotes is from the movie Up and I think it really says it all: “Adventure is out there!” There will always be new places to go, and people to meet, and experiences to have. Adventure really is out there, but it is up to you to go and find it!