A Learning Experience

When any person talks about their experience with Mercer on Mission, they mention it being a "learning experience". So, when I was graced with the opportunity to go on this trip, I was eager to learn. I wouldn't wait to learn about the culture, the history, the people, and yes.. the food.

To my surprise, I have learned more than I could have ever expected. I have learned things about diseases, medicines, and treatments inside the clinic. I have learned things about the Khmer Rouge, the people, and the culture outside the clinic. I've learned from the patients, I've learned from my peers, and I've learned from the faculty. But most importantly, I've learned more about myself than I ever thought possible. 
I know now what I want to do, how I want to treat others, and who I want to be. I have already noticed that I appreciate things a little bit more, care for people a little bit more, and think of the important things in life a little bit more often. This trip is helping me find the woman I want to be in life. 
I want to thank the people who have pushed me and encouraged me be on this trip and helping me find myself, even if they were terrified to let me go to the other side of the world (Hi Mom, Dad, and Jeremy). I cannot believe tomorrow is the last day of clinics. I will definitely be leaving a piece of my heart here in Cambodia, but I cannot wait to see my family soon!

-Brielle Scutt (Undergraduate Student)

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