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The Beginning

August 12, 2010

I have thought about this title for about 2 minutes now and have decided that it suites this article best. I believe this because the month that has just “ended” will be nothing compared to the next four years we have together. Words cannot decribe the incredible amounts of laughs and experiences we had with eachother. I know we will always remember them and I am very greatful I had this opportunity. Now on to the big question, Como estas tu pie Andres? Pues I don’t think this recovery process would have gone as well without the wonderful help of Dr. Triangulo and Dr. Zak. They always helped me changed my bandaids (or re-use old ones toward the of our trip) and helped me make sure it was as clean as possible. I would also like to thank everyone else for not leaving me in the dust and for thinking in best interest of my foot no matter how bad I wanted to participate in some activities. So after coming home to Dowagaic, MI (I’m sure everyone knows where that’s at by now) I went to the hospital and the docter clipped off that giant piece of flappy skin on the bottom of my foot that everyone thought was my foot split open more, nope that was all dead skin. Now my foot really looked nasty because alot of skin was missing and you could see alot of tissue, however, the cut has healed. When I looked at it I thought no way I am missing a quater of my foot now but the doctor said everything healed up right and I could go run. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He told me I have to walk on it alot to wear my skin down back to a smooth surface and wear mole-skin on it while running, and stop if it hurts. I can not wait to get back into shape, infact I’m going for a run now. I can’t wait to see you guys in a week or so.

Pura Vida

Drew Cripe


The truth is, we have yet to begin!

August 8, 2010

For the past month we have been together 24/7 basically. Learning and experiencing all new things together, as a family. We got a taste of college life, we experienced how to live in a dorm and we attended our first DePauw classes. Moreover, we learned how to create a group dynamic that is going to last us until the end of our four years at DePauw, and hopefully time thereafter. We have seen  each other grow and mature a bit, and I can only imagine how we will continue to develop.

On the first day of the program, while on the way down to DePauw I was thinking about how I would fit in with the group. I tend to be bubbly, hyper and enthusiastic sometimes and I was worried. I bet every one of us was worried about the group dynamic. For the first 2 days we were very quiet, but once we had to depend on each other to help with the spanish, I think that is what helped push us all to speak to each other. How amazing is it to see now that all of us can express ourselves better and with more confidence in spanish. How exciting is it to know that we have a family of 22 amazing individuals to help us get through the first few weeks of DePauw. And how amazing is it that our lives and experiences are just beginning!

The lessons I  learned on this trip were diverse and innumerable. I know that I cannot pinpoint what I learned but I know I have changed.I am thinking about things I have not thought of before. Like how to spend my time more wisely, and for what cause. I am asking myself bigger questions and I am more pensive about the paths I take as well. My parents have said they see a change, and the people I am with have noticed a stronger sense of maturity.

I believe that the difference is that I have taken it upon myself to question and analyze things more thoroughly. I am by no means done reflecting on the events of the past month however. This is only the beginning, the beginning of 4 great years at DePauw, were we are sure to bloom and find what truly drives us to do our best.

Besos a todos,


Better late than never…

August 8, 2010

Hello friends,

Sorry I’m a couple days late.. =/ i was in a car all day yesterday.  However, having a couple days to sorta think about our experience and share stories with others has made me realize exactly how much we did and accomplished.  I can’t help but smile and laugh when i think back on all our fun times and ridiculous jobs…lol  I wouldn’t change our trip and experiences for anything!!! I also cannot imagine starting school without all these amazing new friends i have made!!!  Every single person has changed me in some way, and definitely for the better.  So, thank you for that!!! =D  I am so excited to see you all again in a couple weeks….it will be so much fun!  I hope everyone had a safe trip home and is enjoying time with their friends and family!!!  I will see you all soon!!!

Love you all!!!


The Best is Yet to Come

August 7, 2010

Over the past 4 weeks, I have gotten to know a group of 22 amazing people. It is now that I am realizing just how special the bond we share is. Together we have conquered so many things whether it be the language pledge, the service projects, or those random team building games. At the beginning of our journey, I was nervous as to how things would play out, but I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world. I have grown so much this past month and have all of you to thank for that. Everyone here has helped me to become a better person, and I will never forget the special things you have taught me. I could go on forever about you all, but I’ll just keep it short. I am so happy to call each and every one of you my friends…No, mi famila.

 I may not have physically been in Costa Rica, but I want you to know that I was there in spirit and thinking about you guys all the time. That time away caused me to really reflect on everything we had been through and what it all meant in the larger scheme of things. (this is why I have been kind of deep/emotional with reflections, sorry) Not only did I have a great time during our two weeks on campus and the past three days, but also, I feel like we have grown together and accomplished amazing things through our service. Each person brought something special to the group, and was always willing to lend a hand to a friend in need. In a way, it seemed like everything just clicked for us. Our group dynamic helped us conquer the many obstacles we faced throughout the trip. This no doubt will continue to strengthen us in the future.

I didn’t get to know you all as well as I would have liked. But I have few years at DePauw to correct that. I hope to continue to expand the great friendships we have started. Each of you holds a special place in my heart. 🙂 I was sad to see us all going our separate ways today. However, as many have already said, this is only the beginning. I have a feeling that we have many crazy, funny, special memories still to come. Always remember that I love you all!!

Hasta Pronto ;),     


The end… sort of

August 6, 2010

It is a sad night as all of us pretend to clean up the dorm and recount all of our adventures of the past month. Our last night together. I think a lot of us are forgetting that in only two short weeks we will be right back here at DePauw. It seems like years since we first opened the doors to Leis Hall and began our journey. Now I cannot even imagine life without knowing all of these epic people. Everyone has a special place in my heart and I am so excited to spend the next four years in their company. I can only speak for myself but if it was up to me we would all just stay in Leis until next summer.  Then hopefully Trulaske would pay for another epic adventure somewhere. This group is truly my DePauw family, and the bond we have created in one month I think is as strong or stronger as any relationship I have today. And fortunately, this is just the beginning.

Somos la fokin moda,

Johnny McGinness

The beginning

August 6, 2010

Well, here we are. The last night together as a group. It is so weird to look back on the whole four weeks and see how fast it went by. I know I am so thankful to everyone on the trip for making it an amazing four weeks. I came into the trip scared and with a negative attitude about meeting new people and speaking only Spanish. I am now leaving this trip knowing 22 new people and with the knowledge that Spanish is the best language en el mundo. I really feel that I have grown as a person and grown so much. I owe a lot of it to the great leaders and reflection sessions that we had. Both of them really forced me to think about the situation we were in and to try and find the deeper meaning of our work. This trip has helped me learn more than just the Spanish language. I have enjoyed every minute of it and could probably talk for hours about it, but I am just going to keep this post short and sweet so I can get some sleep.

Thanks again to everyone for being great people and each bringing something different to a group that turned into a family.

Chao for now, see you all in the fall. We will all have a ball at DePauw (close enough)


I can’t believe it’s “Adios”

August 6, 2010

There is no way to even begin to explain this experience let alone on the spot.  I don’t even know what to write for my last words in this blog.  I have grown so very much from what we’ve done, what we’ve been through, and of course who I’m with.  I would like to reflect all about what the service has done to me and how it has changed me but right now I just want to talk about the amizing friends I have made.  It’s really hard to realize that I have become so close with this many in such a short amount of time.  I truly appreciate everything that each person has done for me, all the patience everyone has had with me, and most of all, all the absolutely amazing memories!   All of my new friendships mean so very much to me and I honestly have learned something from every single person here and I am going to take it all with me!  I would like to go into detail about each person but I would rather spend time with you all right now.  During reflections I got pretty sad because we were leaving each other but then we all remembered that it’s only for two weeks then we get to spend four more years together.  We also hopefully get to build strong friendships just like the friendship that Danni and Zak showed during our warm and fuzzies.  I want to thank everyone one last time for the memories, the fun, and the great friendship.  Also, I can not wait for the crazy crazy times to come!!!!!! I LOVE YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH!