Thank You PLU

PLU was different because after a few days in Pepperdine we were used to the warm weather and when we reached Tacoma it was all rainy so now we were just blasted with the cold. To top up the cold weather we had to do a debate with the PLU debaters after our flight I was a bit tired but once the debate room I saw new faces and they were all smiley and inviting so I definitely didn’t feel weird or anything. As soon as we started debating it got fun and on the spot, the debate coach Justin made up for everything by taking us bowling!! Right there I knew PLU was pretty awesome after an awesome bowling session we were taken to live in the dorms and my dorm was cute. Shout out to Riley for helping us settle in, really appreciate everything you did. When I reached the dorms after I finally settled I had the best sleep ever because I was so tired and I just passed out. I woke up all fresh and I had breakfast with Ariel Wood and Theresa Hackler and I went to a couple of classes and I felt proud because I was able to actually understand what’s going on in a college class when I’m only in high school I specifically enjoyed a sociology class it was about research methods like quantitative and qualitative method and I was like WOW THIS IS INTERESTING!! I actually was supposed to just observe the clPLUass but then I started to feel part of the class and I started writing my own personal notes on the lesson.

Later that evening we had a debate but not with the PLU debaters but amongst the iDebate Rwandan team that came to the US and we were debating on whether the US should intervene military in Genocide cases and after this me and Monique shared stories from our book “Voices from a post genocide generation” and then we watched a documentary for iDebate Rwanda sharing again stories from the post genocide generation and how there is hope in our country. The reaction from the people was so surprising they really responded to the stories and we connected and I didn’t expect anyone to react the way they did but people were touched and it changed their perspective on life and there’s nothing better I could have asked for than to change someone’s life even if it were to be only one person it’s still someone getting out there and changing the world as we know it.

 

Maya

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