Excitement. Experience. Exigence.
Those are three ideas that are lingering in my head that embody my emotions for this upcoming week.
Excitement. I am excited for what is about to come. I am excited for the incredible moments we will have as a class (although for this upcoming week I view us as a team). I am excited to travel, to learn, to encounter, and to grow from this. As a group we have made such progress internally, externally, and between one another since beginning our class two months ago. If that is the reality now, I can only image what it will be like after returning for our trip.
Experience. Similar to excitement, I am eager to just simply experience. I do not want to have expectations of what to experience, but I am instead looking forward to experience the unknown. Although it may be a paradox, I hope to expect nothing. In order to build lasting and memorable experiences, one must go into it with a blank slate and an open mind. This experience will only help us as a team to continue our growth internally and externally
Exigence. As recently learned in my Writing and Rhetoric class, exigence refers to the urgency of a situation. In this class, exigence refers to the urgency I, as well as the rest of the team, are feeling to go and be active for this social issue. We are eager and ready, to the best of our ability, to be hands on while keeping in mind everything we have prepared for. We are urgent to learn and to grow, and to hopefully somehow, somewhere, make a difference.
This excitement, potential experience, and exigence seems to only increase significantly as the days proceed. I read a quote yesterday that completely sums up this overall energy: “You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” – Clay P. Bedford.