I realized after retelling the many anecdotes and funny stories from the trip that I had not been anxious once. I had not one panic attack. Sure, I was initially a little afraid that I might get axe-murdered, but nothing like the anxiety that sits with me now as I write this. I had just been so happy to be there and experience this amazing thing that the professors put together for these students.
With everything we did throughout the trip, the professors were able to tie it back to what the students were learning. They used our communal experiences as tools to explain, in real-time, the applications of what they were trying to teach us.
It was a little bit chaotic and at times a little bit disorganized, as we were the guinea pigs for this experiment, David told us excitedly.
Even so, it was really exciting and fun.
It was evident in everything we did on the trip that Jesse and David just wanted us to be able to experience something amazing and to find unexpected friends in each other. To learn something important.
I think they succeeded.
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