Be Mindful of the World
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”- Maya Angelou.
This Spring Break was very extraordinary, peculiar and unique because I had the phenomenal opportunity to complete my internship in medical interpreting at the Children’s Hospital in Omaha, NE. It was amazing to be exposed to what life is like as a medical interpreter. I had the chance to interact with a variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures.
These interactions allowed me to see how the world is so diverse, yet so beautiful. I spent a lot of time in the hospital shadowing different interpreters when they were working for different families. I was challenged every day to step out of my comfort zone to care and serve others. I was able to be mindful of my surroundings and reach out to my neighbors as NWC has taught me to do. I was reminded of the blessing that it is to attend NWC, where the community strives to make everyone feel at home in a loving environment.
I was able to apply all the knowledge that I have acquired from my classes over the past few years to real life situations by doing hands-on work. In one of my classes, we are reading a book called Friendship at the Margins and during my internship I was able to apply it to my learning experience. One of my favorite quotes from this book says, “Friendships are inviting us into a faithfulness that looks a lot like a calling or vocation”(38). Going through the internship with this mentality that friendship is a vocation, I was able to engage, learn and cope with other’s perspectives. I realized that my community at that point was very diverse and I was able to gain knowledge from them. After interacting with doctors, children, parents and interpreters, I highly valued the role that each person plays in everyday life.
As I was shadowing different interpreters all from different cultures I was able to see that, “Our friends are not projects or personal embodiments of a fuse, but partners in community” (38). I realized that it comes down to working together as a team and working in unity. It is all about having a mission and making people feel at home. I also noticed that as part of God’s creation we are called to strive for greatness in everything we do. Friendships have a mission which is to touch other hearts by being willing to sympathize with others despite their economic status, cultural background, and religious preference.
As a Christian, I am called to serve others in a loving environment. By being immersed in a hospital setting I was able to gain knowledge and apply it to face to face encounters with others. After being exposed to different classes and developing my faith and knowledge, I was able to apply what I've learned to real life situations by doings hands on work and I feel more prepared than ever for my life after college!