Post-Program… Time to Reflect
After finishing USIPP 2014, I knew I had a lot of reflecting to do. I did not want to rush into writing about my experience because I knew i needed some time to readjust to my normal life before I could genuinely reflect on my experience and see the impact it would have on my life on a more long-term scale.
I think the most shocking part of this program was how much I learned about myself. Before USIPP, i expected to learn about democracy and religion, and I figured I may make a few friends along the way. I never expected that I would genuinely change as a person and I definitely did not realize how much i needed this change to occur. USIPP has helped me realize how lucky I am in so many ways, but mostly in the fact that I am so lucky to have had this experience. I realize now that maybe I was not as good of a person as I would have liked to believe before this trip. I took too many things for granted and I did not truly understand what it meant to coexist with people on real level. Sure, I appreciated others and I respected their cultures, but I really did UNDERSTAND them. I tolerated them, which is a very different thing.
I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it, but USIPP has changed my life. I can confidently say that I am a better person after this program and I have you all to thank.
Love and miss all of you