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Photo by Celia Mitchell (2015/16 Semester Photo Contest Entry), Indonesia Semester.

What does home mean for you?

On our first excursion yesterday, before we took a polar bear plunge in Rock Creek Lake, Ms. Sensenig and Mr. Harris led the students in a reflection on what home means to them. “What does home mean to you?” they asked the students. And students shared:

  • “Home is where I am with people that I love and care about.” – Haidee
  • “Home is a familiar feeling. Home is the tree in my front yard.” – Claire
  • “Home is a place where you feel understood.” – Lily
  • “Home is love” – Reece

Students were also asked what places are important to their sense of home:

  • “My place is the lake – Lake Raven, I have many family memories there.” – Caroline
  • “There is no specific place, but every time I step outside I get that sense of home.” – Jake
  • “My backyard, with the trees and the river near my house. Stone Mountain. Yellow River Park.” – Tatiana

I am so grateful that Ms. Sensenig and Mr. Wyatt set the stage for the students to be reflecting on home, in preparation for today. Today the students meet the Indigenous Nuumu facilitators, who will continue the conversation about home, place, and the importance of sacred spaces, water, and land. We instructors have also been so impressed by these students so far— they are respectful, engaged, and clearly here to learn. And to have fun! 🙂 Onwards and upwards!

Xoxo, instructor jac