I had no idea how life changing GYV was going to be. I had no idea that within two short weeks, I would make everlasting friendships. These moments of love, peace, bravery, courage and strength impacted me like nothing before.

Before I arrived, I had lost hope in humanity. I felt our world was withering away into dust, filled with hatred. I was proven wrong. I shared the dustiest corners of my soul with these people and they shared theirs. Crying in each other’s arms made me aware and enlightened my life. It made me realize that I had a choice to be disappointed with this world or change it. That created an indescribable bond between us. See, I learned friendship isn’t about who I’ve known the longest. It’s about who walked into my life and said “I’m here for you.” And then demonstrated just that. But I didn’t make friendships…I made family.