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Born to be the LIGHT! By Oona O'Neill DSST: MTV, Class of 2020

At a time in which it feels the whole world is put on pause due to the global pandemic, COVID-19, collaboration allows a new sense of hope. As a student attending this year's Saint Croix trip, I have been working alongside student mentors in Saint Croix to connect both students from Denver, Colorado to students from Saint Croix.

Students are encountering the same overwhelming hurdles due to COVID-19. And while everyone is at home practicing correct social isolation measures, the new community built between students offers a greater perspective on how the world must unify during these times. Through connecting students through tools such as, Zoom, Whatsapp, and more, it feels refreshing to know that students all over the world are faced with similar circumstances. Through connecting with fellow student mentors in Saint Croix it also sheds light on a bit of hope that through all of this time of unknowingness, we can all work together to create a more collective world.

The annual Saint Croix trip works to unite students to help mentor children, and although we might be more than 2,500 miles away, a community is built before the trip to Saint Croix itself which allows students to have a sense of togetherness and purpose.

Working to connect students in different places within the world reminds me that the world must come together to become a unified place. Our collaboration exhibits the hope we have as students that the world can become a strong community through these rough times. Students uniting, no matter their zip code, allows there to be light at the end of this seemingly dark tunnel.


How are you LIGHTING up our world?


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