Saturday, June 26, 2010

Live Together, Die Alone

By Torrey Winchester (SMBA '11)

The SMBA ‘11 class has spent a lot of time together over the past 6 months. A lot of time. We’re in class three days a week, work outside of class together on projects, and often socialize as a group. To say the least, we are a pretty close group. At least that’s what I thought before we began our adventure in the Dominican Republic. Ten days in the Dominican was enough to make us all realize that we didn’t know each other as well as we thought. We left our beloved room 206 in the Extended Studies Building of SDSU and the informal seating chart that came with it.

The experiences explained here by my classmates were often moving and thought provoking. We were given a lot of time to reflect on those experiences both in classes with Dr. Singh and during our numerous trips on buses around the DR. As we reflected and shared with each other, we came to realize that maybe we weren’t as close as we thought. Now, 10 days later, we all have a new understanding and appreciation for each other and our diverse backgrounds.

The experiences are not something that we will easily forget, and our continually growing friendships won’t fade anytime soon either. It’s only been 12 hours and I’m already missing SMBA ‘11.

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