We are pleased to introduce a post from Winterline student Sydney Pultman and Media Team #4. Sydney is from Saint Louis, Missouri. She recently graduated from Clayton High School and plans on attending Rollins College after Winterline. She enjoys writing, music, and sports, and she is excited to explore the world, try new activities, meet new people, and go outside her comfort zone.
"I was always taught to accept people for who they are. However, how many of us truly do that? A few weeks ago, after long hours of kayaking through the Caribbean, we arrived on a small island called Isla Popa, with a population of approximately 300.
As our kayaks approached the dock, the words “Ew, there’s stuff in the water,” came out of my friend Brittany’s mouth. Trash, scraps and even dead bugs filled the murky water as my hands crept inside the kayak. We were not sure what to expect ahead.
One by one, we walked onto the unfamiliar island. As we settled in, a child came running up to me with one hand behind his back. He then revealed a beautiful pink flower and pointed to me. I was surprised that this little boy, who I had never met before, chose to give me a flower. He grabbed my hand and led me around the island, welcoming me into his home. By the time the day was up, he had managed to make an impact on each one of us Winterliners. He taught me how, even though we spoke different languages and grew up in different worlds, we could still connect.
He had no clue where we came from, who we were, or why we were there. However, he accepted all of us just like that. As I continue on my journey with Winterline and throughout my life, I now know that just putting myself out there, and not judging others for being different, can make someone feel important. Just like that little boy did for me that day on Isla Popa."