"I thought the bike trip would focus on physical challenges, and that students would be competitive. I pictured the faculty as always giving us directions. I thought that the only learning we would do would be in places such as Gettysburg and Washington D.C. I was completely wrong.
Cycling for miles and miles is not easy, but I learned so much. Every single day of riding was a new experience. There were no distractions or constraints, and no air conditioning. Instead, I could feel the summer weather and the temperature changes. I had a front-row seat to whatever was to be seen.
There were many daily material items we were deprived of. Sure, they were simple things that you could live without for 7 days, but it opened my eyes to the larger, even greater things to be thankful for. My parents remind me of the first thing I said to them after returning: 'After this, I can do anything!'"
Samantha Myers '11