|Posted by Sam Gould on August 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM|
I have learned a lot about myself and what it means to be a community while on this trip. I learned that first impressions are seldom true, and that you cant judge people without learning about their stories. I used to be the type of person who would see a Hispanic person in McDonalds and think to myself, “Wow, why cant this person get a better job?” After talking to some of the Salvadorans, I realized that it’s not their fault that they aren’t in college. Most of them are smart enough to get into college and definitely deserve to, they just don’t have the money and their family needs them. I am going to make an effort to not prejudge people, and instead learn their stories so that I can relate to them on a more personal level. I came to this realization after I had a one on one conversation with my new friend Raquel. She talked to me about how she had been one of the smartest people in her school when she was in High School, but could not go on to college because her family did not have the money, and they needed her to stay and help them with their business. Raquel really put things into perspective for me, and helped me to gain a new understanding of the different ways that people live.
Categories: YLA '11-'12: El Salvador