My very first week of being a Chippewa started earlier than usual. I was lucky enough to move in a week early before classes started to attend Leadership Safari. This program is meant to help all incoming freshman transition into the whole college atmosphere. Throughout Safari, I was a member of team python. There was a total of 11 of us in this group and I never knew the impact each person would make on me. My Safari guide leader named Cia is an upperclassman and her job was to guide each of us 10 freshman throughout the week. We listened to many speakers, participated in icebreaker type activities, but one activity we did really changed my outlook on other people. We had to color an ice cream bowl based on how we view our selves, including gender, race, financial status, religion, etc. So at the end of this activity, not one member in my group had the exact same colored ice cream. Everyone is different but should be treated as equal. Some people go through many difficult paths in life and that is one thing some people tend to forget about or look past. Leadership Safari may have been one long, tiring, exhausting week, but it really made me think about how lucky I am as a person. There isn’t always social justice and I am just so blessed to have been born into a family where I don’t have to worry about getting a meal everyday or wondering where I am going to be the next day.
Leadership Safari made me realize that if I ever wanted to change or be a different person, now is the time. College is a fresh start for you and for your own personal self-care. People won’t know you from your past in high school and you are supposed to be exactly nothing but yourself.