T-Minus 5 Days and Counting by Julieann

HERE WE ARE!! T-Minus 5 days! I remember walking into class the first day not fully knowing what to expect. We had to read articles with details that we couldn’t relate to and was scared as to what else we were going to learn and the extend to which we were going to do so.

This nervous/scared feeling quickly vanished as our class became VERY interested in the topics and started to think of ways to gain awareness. We all had moments where we were nervous about what we were going to say to the refugees, about asking a silly question, or being selfish and getting more out of the trip then we were giving. And now were are a few short days out away from using everything that we have learned and listen to the stories of those that experienced it. While this can be overwhelming to hear something so personal to someone and not knowing what to do next, we can put them in our “toolbox” for how we are going to make people aware of genocides! We can help the refugees get their stories out and hopefully get others to take action along with us!

This is our time! While others are tanning on a beach or lounging on the deck of a cruise ship we are going to be part of something life-changing. We are going to be giving the one thing refugees want more then anything-to listen. Something so simple but means so much to someone. This is what I am most excited about. And while the hard part, learning about such a deep topic, may be over the even harder part is right around the corner. While it may be the hardest part of our adventure together, it will be worth it in the end!

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