There were numerous moments when you'd hear a volunteer's story and you would become enraged at the ridiculous difficulties they were encountering, while simultaneously being able to identify with your own difficulties you face in your placement. One thing we all seemed to have in common was that even though there are these huge obstacles we face, that can be very discouraging at times, these obstacles are also lighting a fire under our butts to get us moving and thinking. For me, the LVC experience as a whole has definitely started to reshape my thinking about what's next in my future, even though I have no idea what that means, yet. BUT it's making me think and getting me one step closer to figuring it out.
My housemates said I was very much "in my element" at the retreat as I floated around from group to group making it a priority to get to know everyone a little bit better. It was so affirming for me to spend time with a group of fun, excited, young people about the work we are doing in LVC and really encouraged me to maybe take a few more risks in my own life to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.