My trip to the DR – Nicole Donadio

Participating in the 2014 Dominican Republic Mission Team has truly been an experience that I will never forget. Over the course of ten days, I learned so many things.. not only about myself, but about others, about the world around me, and about different cultures. Without QU 301 DR, I would have never had this opportunity; so for that, I am thankful. Throughout the semester, we learned about the Dominican Republic by reading books and articles and watching movies. However, to see the harsh conditions that the people face with my own eyes taught me more than anything else ever could. As we live in our everyday lives, it is often so easy to see the world as one big and happy place; and, indeed, the world is very big – and the people in the DR are very happy. However, the life that they face day by day is not. Experiencing the world that they live in and putting myself in their shoes made me appreciate how much I have and realize that there are so many things that I take for granted, such as clean water, food, or shoes on my feet. To have been able to help and make a difference for the better in these peoples lives is such a great and rewarding feeling that words could never express. Helping others brings me one of the greatest joys, a pure happiness, which I felt throughout the duration of this trip. Some people need material things to bring them happiness, but helping others brings a joy that money could never buy, as it is out of love. I am so grateful to have met so many amazing people on this trip, as without them, my experience would not have been the same. This experience has been one that I will never forget and I will keep it in my heart, always. #DRMT14 #QU301DR

Nicole Donadio

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