Michigan is a really big state and is well known for its Great Lakes. When the International Oasis offered me the opportunity to visit Michigan’s largest lake, Lake Michigan, I knew I had to go see it.
Norton Shores was a beautiful sandy beach with a view of the lake that was almost never-ending. Lake Michigan is so big that you don’t see Wisconsin on the other side. The water was sweet water and it reminded me of the days I used to swim in Shepard’s Lake as a kid.
Furthermore, I got go do kayaking for the first time in my life and I loved it! It’s not as hard as you might think. All you need is balance, thus you won’t tip over. I also got to do some hiking in the sand dunes that led to a large forest. The world is truly grand and beautiful. There’s so much to see.
My favorite part of the weekend was Saturday evening. We set up a bonfire and I loved watching the flames grow higher and the burning warmth on my skin. I finally got to have s’mores after ten years. I felt close to my childhood-self. The flames reminded me of such flames that I have inside myself. They represent a certain power; we all have that flame inside of us.
This weekend I got to meet some really incredible people from all over the world. China, Vietnam, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, India, Nepal, and others. People can be so friendly and kind. There are a lot of horrible people all over the world, but there is most certainly a lot of good too. We just need to remember that and find such people.
The point of this weekend was to connect the nations and to make international students feel at home.
Thus, the question I ask myself is, being here in my country, the United States of America, am I at home? The suburbs of Michigan may not be like my grand New York City, but yes Michigan has become somewhat homely. I’ve settled in and quite frankly, I don’t want to leave.