Heading to El Salvador - Joe Barotelli
Throughout this summer, time flew by. For so long August 13th registered as just that - a date and destination. Months turned into days. Days turned into hours. Tomorrow will mark the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime as I embark on a study abroad experience in El Salvador.
Throughout my semester abroad in El Salvador, I will be participating in a service immersion program called Casa de la Solidaridad. The Casa program offers students the unique opportunity to couple rigorous academics with “la realidad” of the Salvdorean people. An integral component of this experience is a semester-long field placement at what Casa refers to as “praxis sites.” By integrating learning both inside and outside of the classroom, I hope this semester will further push me to learn and grow in a new environment. Whether it’s the new language or the new faces, the lessons I have learned from people and experiences at Marquette will propel me to be open and engage the world around me.
Needless to say, I could not ask for a better place to call home. A home that challenges me each and every day to do more, to think deeper, and be more open to sights, sounds, and experiences. Today was full of goodbyes, a scenic drive through Milwaukee and some awesome conversations. What’s amazing about a home is that while it challenges you, the people who make that place special will forever be the small, clear voices in your heart. Thank you, Marquette! I can’t wait to keep in touch with you all!
My best friend Hannah Morin, also a Marquette student, and I at the gate right before our connecting flight to Atlanta! It’s no coincidence like the ad says that the journey began at Marquette - the place we both have come to love with our whole hearts!