August 21st, 2014 | Uncategorized
I had the chance to work in the eHoops program last night and got to sit down and talk to some of these young people from Belfast. It was an important evening for me because I was able to connect with some eHoopers who really engaged and showed a positive response. I found myself chatting so casually and openly about topics that I would typically talk with my close friends about. We found common interests such as music, sports, food, and so many other things that may at first seem trivial. What really mattered was the connections that were solidified. Little things like this confirm to me that these connections can be sourced from almost anywhere; if you think about it, I have been here for 2 days and know nothing about these kids or what it is like where they come from. The same goes for all of the scholars. We have spent two days together and we have already been getting on incredibly. I am starting to realize that the only thing that prevents humans from having connections is ourselves. We have so many similarities, yet we find things to distinguish ourselves from one another. Whether scholar, staff, or participant in the program, it is apparent to me that we are all people. We share more interests than differences. All that really matters whether or not we care enough to discover these similarities. The choice is yours.