Personal Growth - 07/28/2017
This post first appeared on Israel Campus Roundtable.
These past two weeks were filled with activities and emotions. With two conferences – Back to Campus Day and Connections Day, we were able to talk through what we can do to keep this amazing experience this summer alive, and take what we have learned here with us for the rest of our lives. We also got to speak with Einat Wilf, former Knesset member, about the Arab-Israeli conflict and about any lingering questions that we might have after spending an entire summer in Israel. Aside from the serious conversations, we took a fun evening to tour Florentine in Tel Aviv to see the beautiful and meaningful graffiti that fills the neighborhood. We also got together for a Shabbat service and dinner, organized by David and Natalie, two lovely members on our program.
In a few short days, we will all pack our bags, say our farewells, and leave behind the incredible country that we just experienced for the past two months. I can easily say that I have gained more experience, both in life and professionally, than I ever have in such a short period of time. I cannot believe that I came in not knowing anyone, never having done and internship, and never having lived on my own in an apartment. I am leaving this program with the confidence and love of life that I will take with me for years to come, not to mention the relationships that I have made that I cannot wait to hold on to in the States. Thank you, Onward Israel, Israel Experience, and CJP for allowing me to have the best summer of my life in the most beautiful country in the world. This isn’t goodbye, it’s see you later!
Edden Nativ, UMass-Amherst ’20, traveled to Israel with her school’s Birthright Israel trip, and is interning this summer with Targo Consulting as a Boston Onward Israel Tel Aviv 2017 participant.