- Published on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 17:47
- Written by Michael Fileta
Last night I had the privilege of meeting with the Open I House (seeing the world through other people's eyes). The first thing I noticed within two minutes of being in the house was the laughter. They are quite a lively group and love to joke around with each other! My favorite part of the evening was hearing about all of the housemates and their individual stories as well as the journey that they have had as a house and how they have had to overcome obstacles, change their mentality, and come together. I felt a strong sense of unity and community in the house. Many of the members of the house are older and working on very intense projects or course work. It is therefore very important for them to be able to be there for each other during such a busy and emotionally draining time of their lives. In addition, many of the housemates mentioned how easy and common it was for them to give feedback to each other and how that has helped them grow. Finally, they were very genuine about how living together in this LLL house has allowed for two people to become close friends who may have never had the opportunity because of race and cultural perceptions of each other. The housemates reflected on this in a way that was touching for me to see. I am excited to see what this house will do with their new vision and motivation for the remainder of the semester. Thank you for your allowing me into your home and sharing the great spirit of the Open I house.