The Week Before: Entrance Interviews

Montana Entrance Interview Paragraphs Posted...
Entrance Interview Paragraphs: Each student was asked to meet with me and then to write a paragraph about where they are coming into the trip.  What are you excited about? Where do you hope to grow while in Montana? What are you anxious about?  Below are their thoughts...

I am attending the trip to Montana so I can strengthen my relationship with God and develop a better sense of my purpose in life. From past experiences, I have come to realize that I feel closest with God when I am connected to poverty and serving others. A huge part of the reason I am going is so that I can see and understand all the struggles the people on the Indian reservation go through. Through this experience, I hope to become more grateful for the many blessings in my life. I plan on showing my care and love to the children on the reservation and building relationships that I will remember for the rest of my life. Developing these relationships and being on a personal level with them will hopefully lead me to become more aware of God’s will in my life so that I can come closer to fulfilling my ultimate purpose or vocation. ~Sam
 
I am going to Montana to get away for a week and really evaluate my life and how I act as a man of faith, intellect, and integrity. I want to be a man my brothers know they can talk with and I will listen. I hope to show others my care and concern through listening more to others. I also hope that I can do my best in the classrooms of De La Salle Blackfeet. I hope to be able to make the right decisions and be a true leader for the students in our care throughout the week in Browning. I look forward to building relationships and allowing those relationships to help me to grow and change long after we leave the reservation. ~Jack
 
First and foremost, I am going to Montana because I want to have more appreciation for all the blessings in my life and I believe that this immersion trip will help me do that. Second, I want to strengthen my relationship with God. God calls us to serve the poor, and serving the poor is a great way in which to honor Him. We are called, as disciples, to share what we have will those less fortunate, and this is a perfect opportunity to serve others. Third, I want to strengthen my self-confidence and learn to trust my instinct. Lately, I feel as if I’ve been afraid to come out of my “shell” and I believe that this experience will be good for my confidence and trust in my gut. Lastly, I want to strengthen my relationship with others, but especially my brother. I think that forming relationships with the kids in the classroom will teach me ways in that I can reignite my relationship with others. ~Zack
 
I originally wanted to go to Montana because it is my senior year and I have not done a trip in which I help a group of people extensively. I hope that this trip makes a big impact in my life. I not only want to better my relationship with my brother, Zack, but I want a humbling  experience that can change my life for the better. My goals are to assist the children in the best way that I can and to hopefully better their outlook on school. I hope to create lifelong relationships with the people going on the trip with me as the students of the De La Salle Blackfeet School. ~Ben
 
My goal for personal improvement on the Montana Immersion trip is to step out of my comfort zone and try to assume a different social attitude, and gaining more confidence in being vulnerable and open to strangers. I am going on the trip to gain new experiences in foreign environments and hopefully be able to experience a different lifestyle, as well as trying to see things from other perspectives. I hope to see and experience the traditions of the Blackfeet people and the Christian Brothers who serve them and see the struggles that they face every day, as well as building meaningful relationships with the kids on the reservation and the rest of the immersion group. Hopefully through my experiences I will be able to work towards being more open and conversational, as well as broadening my horizons. ~ Andrew
 
I am going on the trip to Montana so that I can further my relationship with God, and I would like to find out why I have a passion for service. I have come to find out through my past experiences that I am my true self when I am helping others. I am my best self because I am not bothered by the societal pressures of my community. I realize that I have a drive for service, but I am not exactly sure why I have passion for it. On this trip, I would like to specify my drive and passion for service. While on this trip, I would like to understand the culture and the hardships that the Blackfeet endure. I am looking forward to humbling myself on this trip because without all the distractions, I will be able to fully understand and grasp the hardships that these kids go through. I know that I will not be able to fix the many problems that the reservation has, however I hope to have a lasting and positive impact on the kids I will be around for the week and they will have a lasting and positive impact on me. ~Cole
 
I am going to Montana to gain some leadership experience and see something new. As many adolescents, I find myself exploring to find my own unique path in life. In Montana I will be able to see and engage in new situations, and learn more about my own likes and dislikes. I am excited to meet people and immerse myself in a culture that I have little experience with. Hopefully my interactions and observations while I am removed from day to day life in Montana, allow for light to be shed on my future path. ~Kyle
 
I am on this trip Montana because I enjoy serving others.  Especially after going to Haiti, I was inspired to do more in depth service that forces me out of my own comfort zone.  I also was hoping to find out something about myself that I don’t know or that I haven’t really been able to figure out just yet. I am hoping to further develop my leadership and figure out aspects of it that I may not know yet. I hope to learn a lot about myself and the other nine guys I am going with. I am excited to get out there and learn a lot about the poverty and ourselves.  I am specifically excited to experience nature and the beauty of the Midwest.” ~Jake
 
I am going on the Montana trip because I want to invigorate my faith in God, begin to learn more about myself and what God wants me to do in my life, and be more open to others. Throughout most of my life, I had a strong faith in God. In recent years, I have noticed my faith life declining. My faith had always been a vital part of who I am. I do not want to lose this aspect of my identity. Junior year is probably the most important year of high school. It is the time I need to start thinking about college and what I want to do in life. To be honest, I really am not sure where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing in a couple of years. This is a critical time in my life, and I’m hoping that my experience in Montana will at least tell me more about the kind of person I am. I hope I will have a better idea of what God wants me to do in the future. I’m a relatively quiet person and I usually keep to myself. A goal of mine for this trip is to really bond with the other guys. Through this experience, I hope to create meaningful relationships with my peers. I look forward to having the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone, build great relationships, and find God’s presence in my life. ~Stephen
 
While it is important to be an active and vocal part of whatever community you are a part of, I believe that it is critical to hit the pause button and think introspectively.  I decided to go to Montana because it combines that self-evaluation with service, nature, and perspective. Exploring who I am and how I’ve grown is my top priority on this trip, along with becoming a more vocal leader and allowing myself to disconnect from technology. I hope to be pushed out of my comfort zone and into a situation where I am forced to stop worrying and just take action.  Above all, I am eager to go on a once in a lifetime trip with a great group of guys. ~Malcolm

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