Sometimes, students stumble upon an extraordinary opportunity to change themselves and those around them. Dan Czaplicki is one of those students. He is a College of Education student majoring in secondary special education CI and minoring in PE teaching. This past summer Dan was given the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic as an intern in the city of Jarabacoa, at Genesis Special School.
Before embarking on his journey Dan said that putting the trip into perspective before he left was a major part in preparation for his trip, in his mind and heart. He began the trip with an open heart and mind and ready for the unexpected. When prepping to go on his journey Dan told himself to remember and keep in mind his intentions for this experience but also to not have an expectation in order to get the most out of each day. Dan did just that, although some days seemed more challenging than others Dan kept a gentle reminder to himself to see each day for that it was and get the most out of it.
Out of his element, he took a chance and seized the opportunity. Dan wanted to remember this experience and share it with those back home so he decided that once a week he would blog about his feelings and what he had done that week. His decision to write the blog was twofold. It was an easy way to keep family and friends updated on what he was doing but it would also be helpful and easy to look back on his experience once he returned home.
By the end of the internship, Dan felt as if he was in a foreign place back at “home” in Michigan and had a valuable experience overall.