Learning through Experience

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

First Impressions

We had our first out of 6 class meetings last Sunday. Part of the People to People learning experience is to meet each month for 2 to 3 hours and learn about our own country as well as the new countries we are going to travel to. It also helps all the kids get to know each other so that when we are all away together we kind of know each others personalities. One of the first things we learned last year before the Australia trip was that First Impressions are lasting ones. I think I made a good impression on all my new friends at the meeting. I was asked to get up and tell everyone about my experience at Australia. It is a little nerve wracking to get up and speak in front of people but by the time you are done you realize it isn't so bad. I made one new friend that lives in the same town I live in. I think we will get along good on the trip.

We learned a little more about Eisenhower during the class. He thought that if people would come into each others homes, attend their schools, places or worship, watch how meals are prepared and children reared that appreciation and tolerance for our global neighbors would be created. It was his dream to have people realize for themselves that while we are all very different, our values, goals, and desire for life are very much the same. I think he was right and I still have trouble understanding why people hate others just because of the color of their skin or their nationality. It is all about that first impression, we should never judge someone until we give them a chance to make that first impression.

Just to keep you up to date on my progress for raising money, mom and dad put in the first $500 so I am 1/8 of the way there. I might be a little further along because a couple of Mom's friends are sending me their sponsorship and trying to help me out. You can check out their blog spots www.mojoey.blogspot.com and www.diazingiber.blogspot.com.

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