My education has opened up many doors for me and enriched my life in ways that I would never have planned on. While my education is something that I often take for granted, looking back on it gives me perspective on lucky I am. From a classroom content perspective, my education from elementary school to college at Villanova University has enabled me to more fully engage in the world and hold a job. Without that, I would have much more difficulty calculating tips at restaurants, understanding how the government works, or even writing this post.
Outside of lectures and exams, my education has also given me the opportunity to meet lots of great people and develop friendships. The majority of my friends are somehow tied to the schools I’ve gone to. I am very thankful to have met these friends. These friends have given me the opportunity to have different perspectives on life and learn about relationships. If it wasn’t for friends I met at Villanova, I would never have even known about the Starfish Foundation.
I’m also thankful for the opportunities that exist for me to continue learning even when I am not officially in school. I definitely hope to be a lifelong learner. Being involved with the Starfish Foundation has helped me learn more about another culture. I hope the Starfish students will also continue to take advantage of their learning opportunities both in the classroom, during tutoring times, and during daily interactions with each other.
Written by Danny Newell, former Starfish volunteer both in the U.S. & Ecuador