I didn’t expect it to come this fast-Ashley

These two weeks have been the fastest and the best. It’s sad to say that it’s coming to an end. I feel like I have grown as a person, with both my knowledge and culture. I truly am going to miss everyone from the friends I made to the mentors who helped to take care of us and made this an enjoyable experience. And to everyone who set this program up. I will never forget the songs, ceremonies, and the sweat lodge. Everything was just beyond amazing and I hope to come back next year.

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The past days-Ashley

These days seem to be going by faster and faster; the days are fully packed that they make you exhausted by the end of the day. I know sometimes I may complain but at the end of the day I have learned more than I could handle. Yesterday we went to Pechanga and learned about the reservation. I have never seen anything that was as beautiful as theGreat Oak Tree.

After we went to Dr. Rega’s her hospitality was beyond amazing. It was just a blast to be with our Pitzer family and have quality time before our time ends together. Yesterday became so surreal because we graduated from Western and received a certificate of completion. One graduation down , now only one more to go.

 

Yesterday-Ashley

Yesterday wasn’t anything that I would of expected, my first response was.” this is just a dirt field, why are we here?” After I discovered what it was all about, it made me realize how beautiful it really was. I now know to appreciated these little things and not to take them for granted. It was a way to form a bond with the land and to get close to our ancestors.

Misune- Ashley

I was lucky enough to get this opportunity to participate in the Native Summer Pipeline to college. It was a funny story to how I got here, it was like it was meant to be. I had went to a  Pow Wow with my Aunt and my Grandma, we were indecisive if we wanted to go and then changed our minds at the last minute to wanting to go. We had walked around at least twice and then suddenly we saw this husky dog, I went up to go pet it because I love animals. Then suddenly this man, Scott, began to ask me if I liked the medical field and if I was in high school, at first I was kind of confused; then he began to tell me about the program and how it was about the medical field and the Native American culture. I began to feel excited and wanted to fill out the application. Even though the applications were already turned in, Scott still gave me the chance to turn it in. Now that I am here I feel so blessed and it has been a wonderful experience so far. There are so many things I didn’t know about my culture, that I now know. Not only do I learn about my culture but also others around us. This program has been something I will never forget. Now that there are six days left, I don’t want to leave and sad to see it coming to an end. I can’t wait to go home and share my experiences and the knowledge that I now have with my family and hopefully pass it on to the younger generations.

Because of Misune I was able to have this wonderful experience.

A learning experience- Ashley

Capture every moment.

So far my stay at Pitzer has been amazing. Not only have I learned a lot about my culture but I have also learned a lot more about myself. I came into this program knowing very little about my culture’s tradition and was kind of lost myself. Both my culture and myself go hand and hand. I plan to take these little things that I learned and incorporated them into my own personal life.