Final Day – Trip back to NC, Duke Presentations & Water Balloon Fight!
Today everyone made an early start and was down to breakfast by 6:10. We had a final meal in the hotel and then loaded all our belongings in the van to head back to North Carolina and Duke University.
We drove on winding roads from 7am – noon and finally stopped for lunch at Subway. Then, we drove for another hour and a half. By the time we arrived at Duke, it was close to 3pm, and the students got ready to give their presentations to Brittany.
After listening to the presentations, I was impressed by how well students were able to collect information over the week by just interviewing people around town and listening to the various health and culture presentations. Since students had limited access to the internet, they needed to really listen and focus on what was going on around them.
In the end, they came up with interesting, well-developed, and observant presentations that analyzed a variety of health conditions and cultural differences that they learned about over the week.
After leaving Duke, we made our way back to the retreat center and had our last dinner–hamburgers–and our last Reflection. At Reflection, there were a lot of tears and good conversation. The students talked about their experience without cell phones this week, and many of them concluded that they were happy and more stress from without access to SNS and texting. The students also talked about what they were thankful for.
Next, Monica burst out the water balloons and lots of students got soaked in a water balloon fight and toss. It was a lot of fun and the perfect thing for our last night. After being cramped up in the van for so long today, it was nice to get outside at night and run around a bit.