Kiva Lending Team: The Road To Nowhere
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We are four college students from one of the top Universities in the world and none of us have jobs. So we are going to use our energy to create job opportunities around the world
As recent college graduates, it has been drilled into our scholarly brains that the moment the caps left our heads and took to the air marked the sound of a starting gun. Basically, the race up the occupational ladder towards midlife prosperity had began. We had our fun, we were told. We partied, met new people, perhaps learned a thing or two, and now the serious work begins. Our parents, we were told, did their part to get us here. Now, they say, it is our time to give back.
We couldn’t agree more. But for us to give back we have to do it our way, and our way- besides being fun, adventurous, and slightly crazy, also happens to include walking the Great Wall of China. We all found the end of college to be a tad bit anti-climatic. Four of the best years of our lives were capped off by finals, a week of cheesy school sanctioned activities, and a couple keynote speakers who were rushing to get out of the rain. A trip to China would be, in our minds, a much more fitting end. A cornerstone of this trip is also our collective wish to make a positive impact on the world around us, not just today or tomorrow but for the rest of our lives. We know we have been blessed with lives of peace and prosperity up to this point and have little more than the name of chance to thank for this, which leads to our desire to use this trip to raise money for charity from friends and family by walking the wall. Matt Cynamon, as a creator of an online philanthropy site, seems in good position to make this wish a reality. We expect to come back China much the wiser from the trip. We will have stories, life experiences, and a perspective on life that few other our age will have, which is where the documentary comes in the play. DJ Simmons and Kevin Hoban are both Broadcast students from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and will be taking their jobs as international journalist seriously. While we experience China with new eyes, the camera will be allowed to do the same.
Our final reason for going is our firm belief that the end of college does not signal the end of new experiences, or the end of having fun. Our opportunities to take six months off to experience China will inevitably diminish with age. Our policy is to seize these chances while we can, to live full lives each step of the way so that we are never find ourselves twenty years from now asking ourselves what could have been. We want to go to China, we want to go now, and we hope you can help us in our quest to do so. If we do it right and stick to who we are and use our cameras the way we were taught (all talk the talk and walk the walk jokes aside), we have a feeling that down the line, it will be fun for you as well.
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