My Self, My Team, This Country By: Jack Feldman

By: Jack Feldman

            I cannot believe the time is going by so fast. It felt like just yesterday I was hopping off the plane in India.  I did not know I could learn so much in such a short time.  I have learned so much about myself, my team, and this whole country.

            I found out I am a little bit of a crier (Thanks mom).  I kind of already knew that, because I have cried about many things before. So we read our letter from our families on Sunday. It could not have been at a better time, because I have really been thinking about how much I really love and need my family.  I am not homesick, but I have realized how much I love my family, and do not show it enough.  Anyways I kinda lost it when I was reading those letters, and it meant the world to me.  Today we had our last day at our schools.  I felt pretty good until I looked at one of my favorite students right in the eye.  I just began to tear up and eventually sobbed.  I cannot believe how attached I could get to some little kids in just one week. They have some of the best spirits in the world, and taught me soooo much. 

            I do not even know where to start with my team I am surrounded by.  The most incredible teenagers I have been around.  I would never want to go to India with any other people.  When we were reading our letters there was not a single dry eye.  The best part was when we were all done reading, we all just got up and started hugging everyone else in the room.  Something pretty small, but something I will also never forget about this crew.  I want to stay in touch with every single one of these people for the rest of my life.  I already believe I have made some new best friends, and love being around them. 

            I always though I was coming here to teach people.  However, it is basically the exact opposite.  This country has taught me some life lessons I will remember and incorporate in my life for years.  From a simple wave and hello, to caring and taking in your whole extended family.  This country has most importantly taught me to that not everything revolves and is about me.  I have learned to be more patient and just show love no matter what happens.  I cannot wait to use the things I have learned here back in America.

            I would not give this experience up for the world.  I have learned so much about me, and some things I plan to use for years, to be a better man.  I love you all soooo much, and I will see you in a few days! XOXO.

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