By Lauren Smith and Marissa Morrissette
President and Vice President of Reality Check, respectively
After waking up after a late night, this morning consisted of packing and cleaning up the apartments for the next group to come. We loaded the vans and began to head toward the airport. Before our final stop to the airport, we stopped for one last breakfast together at iHop. We reflected on all that we had accomplished together and all the great memories made. It was a great final breakfast that had to come to an end. We all got checked in at the airport and caught our flying bird to return back to Cleveland. It didn’t end there for us. We had a two-hour drive back to Erie, which most of us spent getting in a nap after a long week with little sleep. We safely got back to Erie and went our separate ways on campus. It definitely was sad to leave each other, but we were happy to have no issues returning and that everyone was safe and sound. We will see each other shortly at our final reflection, which will be held on campus.
We really appreciate all of the love and support that we’ve received on our adventures. We apologize for not keeping up with the blog day-by-day, but hope you understand how busy these trips can be! This trip could not have happened without all of the generous donations given by our donors, United Saints, our wonderful advisers (Maya, Ian, Courtney, and Sarah), the executive board of Reality, and of course, the amazing students that volunteered their spring break to do service work. We had an amazing experience and will always remember the people of New Orleans and the damage Hurricane Katrina did on the city. Thanks to everyone again and stay tuned for next year’s trip!
~ Lauren and Marissa