The Chronicles of the Los Angeles Immersion
|Los Angeles, CA|
One week after returning from our Los Angeles Collaborative Winter Immersion, I find today to be a great day to look back and reflect on the week, and to be able to take a day by day look at what we were able to accomplish, see, and learn from the different people and organizations that we were able to visit and work with during that time. For myself, personally, there were three overarching values that everyone I interacted exhibited in such a great way: Passion, Patience, and Perseverance. I'll take you a on a day by day journey to show you how each of the people we worked with was able to be such great stewards of service, as well as give you a overview of the things we did on this trip.
Before I start with my daily recollection, I just want to point out that the time before my trip to Los Angeles wasn't marked with the utmost determination to make a difference and to be very open to all ideas. The weeks before going on this trip was a time for me to learn to be a more open person and to be accepting of different ideas, people, and ways of life. I must admit, that even on the six hour plane ride from Honolulu to Los Angeles, I still had hesitations and a sense of uncertainty as to what was to come. However, as soon as I landed in Los Angeles with the others from Chaminade, and once I got to meet the other students from the University of Dayton and St. Mary's University, all fears of uncertainty and hesitation melted away, and I was assured that the week was going to be a great one.
The first day of the immersion was a bit of a travel day for us, since the day was spent mostly on the Hawaiian Airlines Jet which was transporting us from the Sunny Skies of Honolulu to the Smoggy Skies of Los Angeles. Even though that Saturday was a bit of a inactive day for us, it was filled with many firsts for me. This trip marked the first time on a trip without family or parents, it was the first time I went to Southern California, and it was the first time I met students from the US Mainland. After landing at LAX at about 3 in the afternoon, we made our way to the Alamo Rental Car Station, where we met our other advisor from St. Mary's University in Texas, Mr. Chris Cantu. Immediately after meeting Chris, we met Arturo and Luke, who were from St. Mary's as well. After the forty mile drive to our Villa in Duarte, CA, we met the other students from St. Mary's (Katherine and Claudia) and the students from UD (Grace, Megan, Frances, and Libby.) The rest of the night was filled with getting to know everyone, and having time to bond and build relationships with the others.
|A View of Los Angeles from the Skies|
|Los Angeles Immersion Students After Mass at La Placita Parish|
|2012 Los Angeles Immersion Students and Advisors with Marianists from West Hills, CA|
|Los Angeles Immersion Students and Advisors Group Picture on Union Rescue Mission Rooftop|
|Immersion Students with Phoung outside of St. Ann's Parish|
|LA Immersioners receiving a tour of Homeboy Industries|
|Immersioners with Kristin Firestone from Mount St. Mary's College|
|Right After Recess at the Dolores Mission School|
|Group Picture Inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels|
|Our Final Group Picture Above the Hollywood Sign|
|Chaminade LA Immersion Students at the Santa Monica Boardwalk|
Chaminade University of Honolulu, Class of 2015