The senior class at the college has consistently impressed me throughout the year. College is quite challenging, not only academically, but also financially. It also takes a sacrifice to leave family and loved ones for many of the students. It is a huge accomplishment to graduate with a degree anywhere in the world, but here in Malawi, it seems there are so many hurdles in the way that would hinder this from happening. These factors among others make graduation a very special time. We’ve reached that time of year for baccalaureate and graduation. The senior class has been fundraising and planning for a senior trip in order to celebrate together all their hard work and accomplishments. The senior trip took place last week and it was a trip to a safari here in Malawi. The senior class invited a few staff members to join them on this trip. I felt so honored to be asked to attend. I have gotten to know many of the seniors throughout the year through sports or outreach. They are an outstanding group of individuals.
Of course I absolutely loved the safari, as it was something I had hoped to do when coming to Malawi. However the trip was so much more than seeing incredible beauty and amazing animals. I enjoyed seeing the seniors interacting. They have invested in each other over the past four years and this was so visible through their interactions, their laughter during meals and their fellowship in the mornings and evenings as they sang songs together and talked over scripture. I know for these students this was a trip they will never forget. I know this is true as well for myself. I will keep these seniors in my prayers as they head off to use the degree they have earned and as they carry the relationships they have formed with them wherever they go.
Of course I used my camera throughout the trip. I captured some wonderful group shots that I will contribute to a CD for each of the seniors. I also loved using my zoom lens to take some shots during our safari. Below are a few of my favorites!