August 23rd, 2014 | Uncategorized
Hello Everybody! It’s been about 72 hours since I landed in Dublin, Ireland. My #VICTORY journey started off smoothly with a smooth airplane ride–great because I’m not much of an airplane person. As soon as I stepped off the plane, I realized that I just completed Victory #1 which lifted a weight off my shoulders. I made it to Ireland safely and in one piece! It was at this point that I knew there was no turning back, I have moved to Ireland to begin the journey of a lifetime!
On our first day, all 13 of the Victory Scholars participated in team bonding games that were really fun! It made me feel like I was in elementary school again! The games were definitely a way to break the ice! After playing some of these games, I felt a connection developing with the other scholars and I know this is just the beginning of a fun and entertaining year.
On day two, we started EHOOPS; I had an awesome experience! I was able to talk with some of the young people around the Belfast area to get a feeling for who they are and what it like growing up in or around Belfast. Getting to know them and listening to their stories about their experiences in life was an eye opener and reminded me to appreciate how much I have truly been blessed with in life. By the end of the conversation, we had discussed ways in which we could solve some of the problems that he was facing within his community. We concluded that adding more sporting events into the lives of the students within the Belfast area might help some of the kids stay out of trouble.
As Victory ScholarS, we have also been participating in sessions which provided us training on creative blogging, coaching, and managing challenging behavior. I found them extremely informative and I know this training will guide me to success throughout this adventurous year in Ireland. I could talk for days about how unique things are in Ireland compared to America, but I’ll save that for another day! I’m so excited to be here!!