Change. Regardless of a person’s feelings towards change, it’s inevitably going to occur.
This year has been a year of firsts for me, meaning large changes. Change is good, it is an adjustment but it is growth. I have been fortunate enough to not only experience these large changes but to revel in them.
Here at the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown Motherhouse in Canfield we hosted two Alternative Spring Break experiences for college students in the past few weeks. Many months of planning go into our events. Meetings are held to discuss, plan, organize, and prepare for all of our events. ASBs are no exception.
Although I attended several of these meetings, none truly prepared me for what would unfold. I had never heard of, let alone attended, an Alternative Spring Break in school, so documenting and participating in each of these events was an absolutely wonderful opportunity, and to be frank, right up my alley.
What wonderful experiences! The students involved were absolutely fantastic, astounding, wise, knowledgeable, kind, and really listened. They took in their experience at every turn, never shying away from tasks they were given. The Kent State University students were able to spend a few days with us, which involved service projects that included work outdoors with leaf removal, mulching, and picking up trash, as well as participating in presentations, tutoring, and connecting with an assortment of people.
The NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical University) students attended a one day ASB experience. Although it was shortened, they still gathered a plethora of information and experience similar to the longer event.
Each group gathered information and facts I know they’ll share with others to better our society’s understanding of various cultures. This includes the importance of societal help (from health care to hygienic products) for the disadvantaged and those immigrating to the United States.
They discovered or were reminded of how those with less help one another, and learned about societal differences in behavior, appearance, communication, and personality, survival tactics, and different values.
These students were able to ingest such a wide range of information and really reflect upon it and understand it. And as the one documenting it all, I am so proud of them and ecstatic that I was able to be there with them.
(To view photos of the experiences, visit our Instagram page)