Yolanda McClure ’11 of Eden
- What was your favorite experience on this trip?
“Because I am such a people person the most meaningful experience for me was to be able to open myself completely so that I could touch other people. One night, I looked up at the stars and thought we all share these same stars. My last night in Germany, a woman who had suffered from cancer three times told me that I gave her a reason to live another day. It’s amazing what music can do. My interaction with European people was my favorite part.”
- How has your perspective changed on this trip?
“Maybe we have different diets because we live in different hemispheres of the world, but guess what? We all love the same; we hurt the same; we cry the same; and we bleed the same. Through the tears that I cry now, I realize that there’s a whole world that is waiting for Yolanda Kay McClure – not just in the U.S. – but the whole world. I thought Europeans hated Americans – in actuality, they love us and appreciate us. I’m not sure how American feels about Europe, but I love this side of the world. After this experience, I now feel that I can do anything – go anywhere.
- What have you learned through your experiences?
“Watching a movie, reading a book, or hearing about the Holocaust is totally different than being in one. I truly learned about the experience of Jews and Germans during that time and how restricted and confined concentration camps were.”