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Sunshine Jamaica

GretchenBy Gretchen Pierce
Alpha Upsilon, University of Alabama

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Mahatma Gandhi

At this point, we have all parted ways and reunited with our loved ones…what a week! As I look back on all of our wonderful experiences, and now memories, the two words that come to my mind are: serving others. From In the Service of Life, “When you help you see life as weak, when you fix you see life as broken, but when you serve, you see life as whole.” We started the week under the impression that we were helping others and the community that surrounded us. However, by the end of the week I was so proud to understand the meaning of service and serving those around us. The principal of “serving others” is about being equal. By pouring ourselves into the community and letting down our guards, we were able to serve not only the Jamaican community but, more specifically, the communities of both Church Hill Primary School and Pedro Plains Primary School. In return, they taught me a new way of life and how important it is to also serve ourselves along the way.

Each of us came from different universities across the country, but we were all equally nervous. I know I was counting down the days, then the hours and then finally the minutes until I would meet my sisters who would be joining me on this week long journey of service. It is crazy to think how we started out as strangers who shared the same bond, but left Jamaica as best friends. Throughout this week, these women constantly showed courage, love and empowerment. They showed me how important it is to be dedicated to Alpha Chi Omega, our sisterhood and ourselves. The quote, “I cannot do everything, but I can do something,” was one that I mentally revisited throughout this trip, when I stumbled upon an obstacle or something through which I needed guidance.neon

It is hard for me to open up right away, but I am so proud that I was able to this week because I can honestly say I met some of the most amazing people. I cannot believe the best week of my life has already come to an end; however, I am so thankful and blessed to have had the opportunity to share this with my Alpha Chi sisters.

All together we cried, we laughed, we sang and we danced. I have learned that Alpha Chi Omega is made up of so many different women, and that really is the best part. Someone’s weaknesses are often another’s strengths, and we continuously lift one another up when we need it most. This has been a life changing week serving others, serving the Jamaican community and serving ourselves. Until next time Jamaica, we love you…“Sunshine Jamaica.”


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