What you do is insignificant…

Ghandi once said, “What you do is insignificant, but it’s important that you do it.” It’s no coincidence that the first time I heard this quote was the day before I came to New Orleans. I’ve learned so much in the past five days that I can’t even organize my thoughts well enough to say it.

What I can say is that this class was the best choice I’ve made since I’ve been at Chapman. I honestly believe that God placed me at Chapman for specific reasons, and now I believe He put me in this class for specific reasons. I am finally getting that “personal education” that small schools always brag about. I feel like I can tlak to my professors about anything and everything – from laughing hysterically and goofing around to being really serious and near tears. Not to mention the class has gotten much closer. I have never had a bad experience on a mission trip before, and this one just continues the tradition. I can joke around with everyone, and I can ahve serious discussions about Hurricane Katrina with everyone as well. We have a mutual respect and level of honesty between one another and it really is something special. I have so much fun on the work site, even when the jobs are tedious and at time boring. I have so much fun at meals with everyone, taking pictures, attempting to play games, and just exploring. The only down time we really have is sleeping or learning more and more about Hurricane Katrina. It’s been a blessing to be here, to say the least.

The one thing that continually runs through my mind throughout the day is: The more I learn, the less I know. I keep learning more and more – about leadership, New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, classmates, professors – but the more I learn the more I realize there is so much material I haven’t even scratched the surface of. One day I’ll feel like I know where I stand and exactly what to say if someone asks me, and the next I have a whole new attitude. I guess it just has reinforced, so much so, the fact that I am 18 years old. I have a lot to experience, and even more to learn and I really want to.

My heart has been really pulling me toward non-profit work lately, or at least getting more involved in serving the community. I’m still praying and asking God why He brought me here, and what significance it is going to have on my life. It just brings me back to, “What you do it insignificant, but it’s important to you do it.” I’m not here to build my resume, and I’m not even at Chapman for that. I know that God has given me the ability to not only change my own life nad perspective, but change that of others. Volunteer work isn’t easy. At times it’s all laughs, and at times it’s near tears. It pulls on your heart strings and makes you feel guilty for what you have. But the fact that we’re here, with good intentions, matters. What we are learning here isn’t New Orleans specific. We’re taking back what we’ve learned, in a national sense, a global sense, and a leadership sense.

The students and professors here are making a difference that matters, and that’s the kind of classes that I’ve been so looking forward to taking at Chapman. It’s been a blessing.

The thing I want to end on is this: I’m having so much fun. This is going to be one of the best experiences and memories I take away from college.

Kelsey Unger

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