Monday afternoon, I had to take the bus to Boston, but even though my experience was going to be for a day, I couldn’t wait for two things, meet the other students in Boston and go to a different state…:). First of all, as I expect it, I fall in awe somewhat with Boston. It felt like hope, different view, out of my regular NY. It was quiet with less people in the street, but yet it made me wonder and compare everything that I like about NY. So after my first night on Monday, I only had a day to learn and absorb all I can in Boston, my first stop was Harvard University, with its simplicity, its diversity which was unexpected and so “nonfictional” to my view…Too much TV and story, I guess. Leaving Harvard, Sarah, Christian, Cashley and myself heads to Northeastern University to meet the others. After our tour, I found myself wondering about actually having the option to go to Boston for my MSW, should’ve been fun!!! But later that day we went for a walk, and trust me it was a walk, going from brownstone houses to 5th Avenue version of Boston, to a nice quiet park to the most beautiful Museum of Science. It was nice to see that we have people around us that are actually working on protecting our source of energy, and even ready to use our natural source to make it better. All of that in one day, was a like to take and it felt like it too. But there was one thing that was going to enlighten my day, make me see things more differently and give me more ambition.
Well here’s how it happens, mid afternoon, we head to the Grand Circle Gallery and we had to talk about GP to three representatives of an organization based in Old Havana, Cuba. It always brings me back when I talk about my experience with GP, because I only realized my group’s achievement in Batey 8 when we came back in the state. I realized that we did more than we gave ourselves the credit for. But the moment was my pride, pride on what we do, what GP stands for and it get us young people from NY, Boston and France to see much more than what is on the news and hear much more than what they say on the radio. But also never believe that a small gesture can’t help make a difference. I realized that at the moment that I was reminiscing about a community meeting we had in 2008 in Batey 8, about racism and all, it was powerful for them because they were living it truly, and daily, but it was also powerful to us, because as a student I started to realize that there is so much more around us socially, economically, you name it… that needs our attention,even the smallest thing that we wouldn’t expect.
So 4 years later.. I’m right back here having the same feeling and urge to help, to come out of myself and speak my mind. Stand up for what is wrong around me, and all of that came to me in a small room at the Grand Circle Gallery with three interns from Cuba, sharing their experiences and passion in helping others to appreciate arts more than they already do. Going to this trip for one day was like 45 days in the Batey on a full package. I can’t wait to do it again next year, trust me it was just the beginning of one of the most awesomeness trip locally. This is where we expand our local outreach going from NY to Boston, and maybe the rest 48th states later on…:), who knows can’t help dreaming.
Til’ next time…:)