FINAL DAY: TAYLOR
Last night we slept inside. It was -31 with the wind chill and due to university policy we were not allowed to be outside because of health risks. We slept in the 2/4 lounge on campus, and honestly the sleep was not any better than it was when we were outside – if anything it was worse. Obviously it was warm so that was nice. But the floor was actually harder than our cardboard bed, and the fluorescent lights were on all night. We didnt go to sleep until maybe 3:30-4 and we were up by 7:30. It was warmer today which was nice but it was still really card which made staying outside difficult. We spent alot of time hanging out together and laughing at things that probably arent actually funny.
I had class, and after hanging out outside most of the day, going inside for the event was really great. Tonight was open forum – an event that is pretty much a conversation about homelessness, what we have learned through the experience, and what we can do to make changes. We reminisced on some of the great moments from the week – I cried. It was a really emotional experience because we all discussed how we are feeling and how it relates to actual youth who were experiencing homelessness. I dont overly want to get into what we talked about specifically, im really really tired, but Kendra came (shes a rep from ROOF – one of the shelters we support) and she shared alot of valuable insight into how shelters work, and what needs to change in the shelter system to make lasting changes in the lives of individuals experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
Also, the fast ended today at noon. I was so excited, Carson, one of the founders of Meal in a Jar, brought us a meal in a jar for lunch, I had pulled pork and it was suuuper yummy! Then I had pizza, and cotton candy, and normal candy, and timbits. It was yummy. My dad also came to visit today too! He got here at around 12:30 and I showed him where we have been staying and inttroduced him to the participants and OC. It was really nice to see him.
Tonight we are sleeping outside and it is our last night. I am so tired, I feel like ive barely slept all week and I havent gotten more than 5/6 hours of sleep a night. It makes focussing in class really difficult, and waking up cold really take a toll on your physical and mental health. Waking up outside immediately puts me into a state of mind where I dont really want to do anything, I go to class because its part of the rules, but I dont take notes, I dont participate and I barely pay attention. I’m just too tired. I’m looking forward to tomorrow because it is Laurier Day and I feel like we will get alot of awareness for the campaign by talking to parents and prospective students about our experiences.
There is so much that I want to say about this campaign and I could honestly go on for hours – but not tonight. Ill try and talk about it in my last blog post tomorrow! I cant believe the week is pretty much over and tonight is our last night. Its bittersweet, because im excited for my bed and a shower, but at the same time its been such an amazing experience that I’m not ready for it to be over.
Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014 @ 2:01PM
Categories: 5Days Laurier