New Orleans Reflection: Ixchel & Michael

Ixchel: Many people have asked me “How was your quince, it looked like so much fun” and I reply, “It was great, but not as amazing as New Orleans.” The New Orleans service immersion trip was an eye-opening trip with much laughter and recognition. At first I thought, especially since I was going to arrive a day late, that it was going to be very awkward being the only freshman among 6 junior guys, 1 senior guy, and only one other junior girl. I was wrong! They welcomed me with open arms and allowed me to join them in conversations and games.

Throughout the week we worked on many homes and met many people, most of which either cried tears of joy or would continuously thank us while working. The work we did was greatly appreciated by the community around us. On my first day we replaced light bulbs. The first house we arrived at is one that will stay with me forever– Ms. Williams’s house. That house was a mess, everything was stacked on top of each other, barely allowing us to have room to walk. However, that was no problem for 75 year old widow Ms. Williams who let us in like we were family. She would call us “baby” and even offered to make us dinner. That women is my incentive to continue doing community service, I am very excited for next year’s service immersion trip.

The hardest part of the trip for me wasn’t not having my phone or having to share two bathrooms with 7 guys. It was leaving, leaving the positive environment in which we were surrounded in that pushed us to continue working(even when we really did not want to anymore) and allowed us to finish the work well and on time.

I have to admit it is difficult to say what the best part of the trip was aside from the service and meeting Ms. Williams. Mr. O’Connor’s singing, being forgotten at the house, the Djs of the cars everywhere we went, the beignets, the nights spent in the French quarter, the inside jokes, and secret stops are all what made the trip great and unforgettable. All in all it was a trip I certainly want to participate in again. Thank you Mr. O’Connor for organizing this adventure, and Ms. C for being the best chaperone ever!

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Michael: On the trip I learned about the importance of caring for others. We were able to assist in the rebuilding of a broken city, a place that desperately needs assistance. The trip perfectly encapsulated goal three, a social awareness that impels to action, as we gained awareness about the world outside of our San Francisco bubble and were able to make a difference in a place in need. Not surprisingly, the people I met were incredibly thankful for the work we were doing. Their joy upon seeing us still remains a fresh memory. I also will not forget the sisters at Duchense House who made the trip possible. My last thank you goes to the teachers who made the trip happen. I am forever grateful for the experience.

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