As a current sophomore, I attended my very first Service and Justice Trip with the CCSJ last spring. Although I signed up on an impulse, going on the trip turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. My service group spent the week in the small town of Okolona, Mississippi and became immersed in the culture.
Although our main job was tutoring kids in an after-school program, we were exposed not only to the educational issues, but to the economic and social strains of the town as well. It was an incredible experience living in solidarity with the people of Okolona and being able to share and reflect on these learning experiences with my group. I left my trip with a new-found understanding of love, a passion for service and justice, and new lifelong friends. Even with time, this has not faded away.
This Fall Break, I’m traveling to St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana on a sustainability oriented trip. I know it will be just as rewarding of an experience as my last trip. The Fall and Spring Break Service and Justice Trips are truly life-changing experiences, and I can attest to that 100%.
Class of 2015
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