Let me give you a little bit of background on myself right before the trip my sophomore year of college. I was unhappy with myself. All time low confidence level. Within the span of a year, I had three grandparents die. I was unsure of pretty much everything in my life. I hit rock bottom. I was honestly so miserable and it was getting really hard to keep faking happy everyday.
I was actually considering not going on the Student Impact trip because I didn’t really know anyone and didn’t want to be miserable for a week straight. But I was like “hey, what’s the worst that can happen?”
I am so glad I took that leap of faith.
As soon as I walked on the bus, I decided that enough was enough. I was going to start being myself. I was going to stop working so hard to please people. So, I walked toward the back of the bus and sat in front of this red haired girl with glasses and across the way from two twins. I was a little shy at first, but for some reason, I was drawn to this girl with the red hair. I turned around in my seat and we started talking. And we kept talking and soon we started talking with the twin girls across the way. We couldn’t stop talking or stop laughing.
That was the first time in forever that I felt accepted and truly loved (even though I had just met them). I was being myself and these three girls actually liked me for me. And that meant the world to me. Spoiler alert, those three girls are still my best friends to this day and I cannot thank them enough for accepting me and loving me in one of my most vulnerable times.
Throughout the trip, I became more sure of myself and more confident in myself. With that came leadership skills and long-lasting friendships.
So yes, Student Impact is service and it is leadership, but it is so much more than that. It is a life changing organization. It helped pull me out of the valley and onto the mountain top. It’s given me life long friends. And most importantly, it has shaped me into the confident person I am today.
So if you’re reading this, I challenge you to take a leap of faith and put your trust into Student Impact. I promise you won’t regret the best decision you’ll ever make.