|Sara (left) & Kristen making dinner|
Although the program prefers volunteers to have Bachelor's degrees, it does not require or specify the need for any particular field of study. One might think I did not use my writing skills during my year in the kitchen, but that individual would be mistaken. A few of my community members worked on applications to graduate schools and medical schools, so I, being the token paper-fixer-upper, helped out where I could. I also had the opportunity to edit papers and scholarship essays for a particular guest earning his Master's degree. That aside, I can honestly say my ability to interact with individuals had been significantly enhanced due to my discussion based English classes. Investing my time with my classmates by listening, learning, digesting, and discussing an array of topics, I had great practice in putting time into people and in hearing them first.
I'd really like to scream "EVERY PERSON SHOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS!!!" but social norms don't receive this type of approach well. So, this, my fellow English majors and eager individuals embarking on society's fringes, is my scream and shout: I encourage you to seek a similar experience. Every opportunity you have, every job, every relationship, every everything you do will involve other humans, each making up the world in which we live. No matter what your religious background or spirituality level, this type of experience is a deeply spiritual one simply because of the relational level in which you meet others. I challenge you to experience humanity in a way that allows you to see beyond the scope of the superficial tiers of our culture. I challenge you to see humanity.