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I have had the opportunity to participate in this study abroad class twice, once as an undergrad and again this year as a graduate. As a rather sensitive an empathetic person, prior to the trip last year, I was afraid that I would be too emotional to appreciate the intellectual aspects of my experience, and I was also was afraid that I might have strangely been de-sensitized as a result of the many classes I have taken at ODU in studying the Holocaust. As it turned out, I was often moved to tears on that first trip and even overwhelmed could contextualize my prior learning with what I was seeing in front of me. I gained a new perspective of the world and an appreciation for my studies beyond anything I knew before, but although I felt it was the opportunity of a lifetime, I told myself I would never return.

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