On a day when we heard some very disappointing news about one of our own, UK’s Cat Scratches Blog has a positive story for you to enjoy that comes from a current Wildcat. Jarrod Polson was one of eight UK athletes who took part in a service trip to Ethiopia this week, and in today’s blog post he wrote an account of the group’s final day in Ethiopia as well as a reflection on the trip as a whole. Two highlights of Jarrod’s post are posted below.
Jarrod on the children he met on the trip:
You would think that being abandoned by your parents and having to live on your own would completely wreck a 5-year-old’s heart, but I can honestly say I have never seen a group of children with more joy and excitement in my entire life. The teacher had them sing the ABCs in English to us, along with the Ethiopian national anthem, so loud and passionate in fact that most of us were either crying or had goosebumps the entire time.
Jarrod on what he learned from the trip:
People in America have problems just like people in Ethiopia, just maybe not in the same ways. The one thing we realized, and (Senior Associate Athletics Director of Corporate and University Relations and trip chaperon) Jason (Schlafer) pointed out to us, is that everyone who we helped was more appreciative of the fact that we came to help than the actual food or supplies we gave. Forming relationships and just coming across the world blessed the people way more than any amount of food we could have given them. I’m talking to myself when I say this, but we can translate this to America by simply forming relationships with people who need to feel loved and be loved. People may not need food like the Ethiopians do, but everyone needs love and that is where we can make our biggest impact in America.
You can read Polson’s entire blog entry at Cat Scratches Blog by clicking right here.