Notre Dame – A Spe­cial Ex­pe­ri­ence

The Hamilton Spectator - - OUR PULSE - IRIS WANG, GRADE 10

Some­one once told me that every­one learns more through ex­pe­ri­enc­ing and do­ing. While ex­po­sure is ben­e­fi­cial, it can also be filled with fun.

One day, our school chap­lain, Mr. Hall, found me, for he knew that I had par­tic­i­pated in school events. I was of­fered an op­por­tu­nity to go with stu­dents and teach­ers in the school board to In­di­ana, U.S.A. This trip took place one weekend in Novem­ber.

I was hes­i­tant at first, but this was a trip that I had an ab­so­lutely great time on.

Board­ing the bus for the first time was very in­ter­est­ing. I was ex­tremely lucky and shocked to see some fa­mil­iar faces. The first bit on the bus was so­cial­iz­ing, which was nice be­cause we were all strangers re­spec­tively, and we couldn’t just es­cape into bub­bles with our cell phones.

Reach­ing Notre Dame Univer­sity, our group split up to tour the cam­pus. We got to visit places over the weekend, such as the Basil­ica of the Sa­cred Heart, the

Word of Life mu­ral (also known as “Touch­down Je­sus”), and the Grotto. In ad­di­tion, we got to at­tend a pre­sen­ta­tion about A.C.E, a teach­ing pro­gram they run for new teach­ers across the States.

Get­ting to spend time with new peo­ple in a new place, eat­ing new foods, and even get­ting to see a foot­ball game was a mag­i­cal com­bi­na­tion. Even though the Ir­ish lost, the most im­por­tant thing was that we all en­joyed our­selves watch­ing that game.

If I had to look back and tell my­self some­thing, it would be that this trip was def­i­nitely worth the miss­ing of my two as­sign­ments I was wor­ry­ing about!

Notre Dame Sketch, graphite on pa­per, by Iris Wang, Grade 10

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