To be completely honest, I really wasn’t that religious before I went on this trip. I don’t go to mass, don’t read scripture, and lost track of the daily habits of the religion I am supposed to belong to. I guess after going to a Catholic grade school, Jesuit high school, and now Jesuit university, the whole religion thing kind of lacks interest to me now.
Something that I am incredibly appreciative of since returning from Africa is the definition of community. In a theological sense, a community is a church, seeing that they celebrate the mass together, mourn the loss of someone together, and celebrate the birth of something new. I didn’t expect the communities in Africa to be so sincere. Everyone is constantly depending on everyone else just to get by, and it made me really appreciate everyone that is in my community back home.
Communities are different all around the world, and experiencing one like the one in Uganda was truly a pleasure. However, in how many ways I enjoyed seeing the Ugandan people, I was (and still am) confronted with seeing just as many difficult and trying times that the people there have to go through. It was my first time ever going to a third world country, so there were many things that were difficult to see and others to understand. There was even a point in the trip that I wanted to go home because I was so overwhelmed with what was happening around me…
I’m glad I sticked it out, because in the end, this trip made me a better person. I learned never to take anything for granted and to always count your blessing. More importantly, I learned that giving back is one of the best things you can ever do in life.
For now, that’s how I feel when working on this film, giving back. Myself and everyone else that has spent the weeks and months working on this get to show a message of what is going on in a completely different part of the world currently. We are getting people to give a damn about someone rather than themselves, and in the end, I’m happy.
I knew going into this trip the journalism part of this trip would be a learning experience. Before this, I didn’t know how to work a camera to same my life.
But now, I come back with a better understanding and appreciation for workers and students in communication arts. Shooting film, uploading it, and editing it sounds easy, but its tedious and time consuming. I love learning how to do something completely new and learning it cold turkey like we did before going on this class.
It’s ultimately how you learn. Or at least how I do.
There are so many moments that happened in Uganda that I will cherish for the rest of my life. There are so many things that I will miss about Uganda. Honestly, I’m grateful. I’m grateful for this trip because I found out so many things about myself that I didn’t even knew. I owe the people of Uganda everything.
I will be back. I don’t know when, but I will be back. I want to see Africa grow as much as I did for when I return.
But until then, stay beautiful, Uganda.