Today was an amazing day, not because of what we did or what we saw, but because of the overall experience. Ross is a school that is based off the concept of community, and after today I believe that this Field Academy revolves around community as well.
We arrived at our new location eager to see what waits. We were welcomed by open arms and flower necklaces- an overall sense of community the second we stepped off the boat and our feet hit the sand.
After a delicious lunch and a quick safety briefing we all headed directly into the water. Some snorkeled while others swam out to the floating diving board. Those snorkeling saw amazing fish and coral as they heard the cheerful screams of those jumping into the water.
Eventually a majority of us made it to the diving board. Every single person who was standing on the floating dock ended up drawing up enough courage to jump off. Personally, I was initially petrified to jump but I managed to do it thanks to everyone who was cheering me on and ensuring to me that it would be okay and that “no, I would not be eaten by a shark.”
Later on in the afternoon, after the swimming was over, we were told that there was an optional hike that we could take part in. Despite the fact that it was optional, nearly everyone gathered together at 5:00pm with his/her sneakers on ready to hike.
I did not know what to expect from the hike. Since it was spontaneous I thought it would be an easy hike – boy was I wrong! As we continued our trek up the mountain, the ground got muddier and the incline increased drastically. However, no one was ready to quit. In fact it was the exact opposite. Some were running up the mountain and others kept pace with the people in the back (I was in the back) and encouraged people to keep going and push themselves.
After the hike came to an end (somehow we all made it) it was time for dinner. Prior to our dinner we took part in our second traditional Kava ceremony of the trip. The kava ceremony is amazing- and allows us to experience a key part of Fijian culture and traditions hands on.
We ended our day with a sharing circle. The sharing circle gave us all an insight on how others felt about the trip so far (what they learned, what they liked, etc…) A key word from that ceremony was “community.” During the circle everyone said that they felt like the trip evoked a sense of community and that everyone on the trip is so encouraging and optimistic; I could not agree more. I am excited for tomorrow and for the remaining days of the trip…