Student Thoughts Eastern Shore Trip October 2017
Everything is connected.
What could you put into a sentence or two that could sum up the trip:
A time to reflect and bond on relationships built through learning and making, societal change.
This has helped me figure out more of a true meaning on issues that impact our world by looking at it through a personal view and the view of the people you live around in different societies and communities.
Marshes are very pretty and surprisingly soothing places to visit.
I want to tell my parents that the trip is amazing and that I now own a pair of brown socks.
We live in a big country. If I could take away one thing from this trip it would be that. While we spent time here on the Eastern shore, I have realized what a beautiful, but also cruel place we live in. I have recognized the challenge that animals face when adapting to the climate. I have recognized the challenges that immigrant workers face when they enter the country with no money and little to no English skills. Most importantly, my eyes have been opened to the places and cultures outside my community.
I think it is very important and meaningful to get to know people whose lives are very different from yours.
If I could tell somebody who did not partake in this trip about the experience I would talk about the mud adventure—definitely an experience to remember.
The Eastern shore trip is an amazing opportunity to be face-to-face with nature and to get closer and more comfortable with classmates. It was also interesting learning about and being a part of the community.
We learned that due to the long growing season you can harvest two or more crops annually.
One thing that I’d like others to know that weren’t on the trip is that everything depends on each other. Every industry is heavily connected to one another.
The Eastern shore has a big history of farming and agriculture. It is a very fun and interesting place. During the Civil War, the Eastern shore was originally Confederate but quickly turned to the Union.
The Eastern shore has a very wide variety of animal species and areas reserved by the government in order not to be industrialized. For instance, we had the opportunity to visit Assateague Island, an area protected by the government from people taking up residence there.
The geography here is much different than the geography in New York. There is more farm and open land whereas in New York there is not much open space and it is filled with lots more people.
One thing I learned from this trip is The Secret Sauce of Leaders. An example of this is listening deeply & valuing multiple people’s perspectives.
One thing I’m taking from this trip is that sometimes you don’t enjoy an activity that other people enjoy and that is okay.
One thing that I took away from this trip was that we as humans have limits but we set the bar too low.
The Eastern Shore is a place with many different types of people with different economic backgrounds and many different jobs and farms to work on.
It’s important to listen to what other people have to say, because if you don’t, you’ll miss out on a valuable point of view.
One thing I have learned is that our grade is pretty close together.
An amazing experience I would love to take back with me would have to be dinner with the children at the church.
Also, I took a lot from the leader discussion because it made me think more about how one little thing can change someone or something.
Sometimes it is important to leave your comfort zone and enter your stretch zone.
It is important to lean into your stretch zone to grow your comfort zone so you can learn and try new things.
Everything is much more complicated than it seems.
On this trip I heave learned when you don’t really want to do or you are a little scared to do, you just have to do it and it will be fun.
People come from so many different worlds and it is important to listen and be aware so you’re not always trapped in a bubble.
The people are really nice and the expeditions are a blast.
Something I wish other people could have is all of the different and amazing experiences that we wouldn’t have had otherwise.
The Eastern shore is so beautiful and even the stuff that I was apprehensive about—like going in the marsh turned out to be fun.
The environment as a whole was so beautiful it made me feel like I was in a movie. The scenery, stars, landscapes and houses made me feel a sense of pure joy. I wish I could stay longer!
People are often dependent on scarce resources which, in order to be available, need to be produced by people. It’s a never-ending cycle that we need to fix in order to thrive.
It was amazing to see how beautiful miles of farmland could really be.
“The best times in life are spent with others.” I enjoyed getting to connect with my classmates in a casual setting.
The trip forces you to be social and get to know people better.
It is really fun to meet people with different backgrounds and experiences.
I noticed the cultural differences at the national and international level and in my own community. I felt like this was something the trip was keyed to.
The Eastern shore is a very diverse and complicated place with many different aspects like the history and environment.
Not to be too morbid, but the trucks full of chickens on their way to their deaths will really stick with me.
One thing about this place that people should know about is how the sheer beauty of this place can quell any negative emotions between people and bring them together as they take in what’s around them.
The 8th grade trip was a great experience where I strengthened bonds with friends and made new friends. The trip showcased how fun everybody could be.
If we don’t protect the Eastern shore, it could be gone.
I would want people back at Brooklyn to know about the chicken slaughter and production.
I would like people to visit and see all the history that surrounds it. Although it is a beautiful place, it is also a very important place for people to visit.
The Eastern shore is a beautiful, unique location and it is a great place to bond with your fellow peers.
When I was in the mud with the grade, everyone was working together and communicating with each other, I connected with a lot of people I wouldn’t normally have talked to. I think it was a really fun experience that brought our grade closer together.
I would like people to know how unexpectedly beautiful the Eastern shore is.
I wish people in New York City knew how important wetlands and dunes are and that we shouldn’t have destroyed ours.
Being able to experience a new community with my own community really helped me compare my life to the lives of people who live in the Eastern shore.
It was educational, tiring but very fun.
In the beginning I was skeptical but now I’m grateful to have come here in place of Wyoming.
This week we have learned about all aspects of society and its factors. Every different perspective taught us something new.
Throughout the trip I saw a lot of trucks carrying chickens away to slaughterhouses as well as many industrial chicken factories. This was interesting and different for me as I have never seen a chicken farm so big or so many chickens being shipped away.
Something that I took away from this trip is that it encompasses a variety of subjects that are both fun and challenging. The past 8th grade trips consisted of scenery and some science along the way while the trip in the Eastern shore had a lot more to offer. For example, we learned about the importance of agriculture which we wouldn’t have known about if we were in Wyoming.
The Eastern shore trip has been so much fun. We got soaked up to our necks in the intertidal zone and got muddy in the marsh. And we’ve met really great and interesting people along with amazing food. Yesterday we went to a church and my group’s task was to pick vegetables from the garden. It started with just picking peppers but we ended up playing ‘basketball’ with tomatillos, having ‘who-can-pick-the-most-onions’ contests, and just having so much fun. After that experience, and this trip as a whole, I believe that we are all much closer than before.
I would like to create a solution for people who don’t get enough work. For instance, today I saw an immigrant worker who has to work hours in a vineyard. He has three kids who he tries to support. He gets good pay but he still has to put in a lot of manual labor. No one wants that. We need to help people who work too much, who work so hard they come home VERY tired.
This trip, although only a week long, has been filled with so many experiences that I will remember forever. From trudging through thick mud which smelled of rotten eggs to bonding with my classmates in a way I never had before to visiting plantation where we learned how it has been working for hundreds of years to eating and playing with the children of migrant workers—this trip has been so valuable to me. I’ll never forget it.
I was able to go out and learn about different ecosystems including marshes, intertidal zones, sand dunes and more. I have gained knowledge about migrant workers, the life of their children and the hardships they face in their everyday life. For example, one of the children of the migrant workers said he was moving for the third time to Florida because his parents needed farming jobs where the produce was in season. Meeting people with different life styles and exploring different ecosystems has helped me grow immensely.
There is more to the environment than plants and animals: there are new experiences and opportunities for learning and life.
There is beauty in everything.