Every CORE 200 class gets to take a trip to Chi-Town! The trip is a mix between a culture experience and a fun weekend in a big city. The weekend before Halloween, my class took the infamous Chicago trip and it was amazing! Our people movers pulled out at 7:45 a.m. that chilly Friday morning. There was an excited buzz in the vans as everyone chattered about what they were excited for, but within about half an hour of being on the road, most everyone was passed out. They stayed in their slumber until we stopped at a truck station that was about half of the way to Chicago. After that the buzz began again as we neared our destination.
Once inside the city my people mover had a fun experience as we got separated from the other two! The combination of a driver who was scared to drive in the city and a van full of students who had no idea where we were going caused us to have a crazy, AWESOME adventure! After having many near mishaps in our driving escapades, our people mover finally found the other two and we settled into a Thai restaurant for lunch. The food was SPICY, but very yummy. It was cool to experience cuisine most people do not get a chance to try.
After filling our bellies and settling into our new home, we experienced an event-filled weekend that made us realize that our America is very diverse and we know little about these cultures. My eyes were opened to so many new things that sparked my interest in diversity. From experiencing a service in an Islamic mosque to going on a mural tour in Hispanic Pilson to participating in a church service in Lawndale with energetic Christians, the weekend was an experience that changed my life. If you haven’t already been through CORE 200, just wait! I promise your Chi-Town weekend will be a life-changer!