Despite all the bright and shiny choices that a fresh high school graduate has to choose from in the pursuit of the future, most forget that there are different options. The typical route is college and university. For many students, this is the best option in the pursuit of the career they are searching for. For the rest, college is just an experience that society tells them must be pursued. So many students know that college is not the direction for them right now; whether it comes from the place of not knowing what the future should look like, no ideas for a major, or purely knowing that college is not going to be a benefit at all.
I was in this position. I had applied to several colleges and was accepted into all of them. I knew I wanted to help people. The obvious choice in college and career was going to be in social services. The more research I did about that position, the more I realized that social services was not going to be the direction I wanted. During my preparation to join the flowing river of students going to college, I found One World Center. I realized instantly that this program was what I wanted for my future. There was a part of me that had always wanted to be a humanitarian. However, I had denied myself that dream my whole life thinking it was too far from the normal and it was something that I would never be able to do, it was something that others could do. One World Center gave me the motivation to follow my dreams of being a humanitarian in other countries.
I think One World Center really prepared me for the rest of my life. I have found myself learning so many skills, mostly regarding people, during this program. Most of my friends have not yet developed these skills during their time in college. I now have a solid direction that I am sure I want to take with my life. I know that I want to stay in this line of work for the rest of my life. If staying in this field means going to college and earning a degree, then I will be happy for that. If it means that I take the real life work experience that I earned during my time here in this program and going into the work force for humanitarian careers, bring it on.
This program challenged me from both my previous lack of experience as I joined straight from high school and the vigorousness that makes up this program. I grew so much as a person and as an adult. I would not be the person that I am today had I not joined One World Center. The last 18 months have changed my life.
The best part of the One World Center programs has been the deep connection I have made with other humanitarians. There is something so different about being completely surrounded by people who understand your fundamental beliefs and share them. There is such a deep connection that is made when you spend 24/7 with people. Of course, it is a huge adjustment to come from living alone in a house or with a few others, to an entire community of upwards 25 people. There are a lot of things that every single person has to change about themselves to benefit the community, and every single one of those changes benefits you for the rest of your life.
I have been so blessed to be part of this community and become family with everyone I have met. The student population comes from very different countries like USA, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and others. There is so much diversity in the school and opportunities to learn about different cultures. Everyone who I have met in this program have become life long friends of mine.Written by: Danae - Development Instructor