Hi. I’m Javier, and I’ve been volunteering with Middle Main since June. Today is my last day here, and so I think it’s about time I make my first blog post. I guess I would like to briefly describe one of the many very important that I learned during my time at Middle Main.
As a college student studying Political Science, I know and understand a lot of theories about different political beliefs and perspectives on social and economic issues. My internship experience here made those theories more real than I could have ever expected.
In a classroom it's easy to analyze politics from an “outside looking in” perspective, and that makes student quickly develop a specific opinion about a topic. Doing outreach for Middle Main exposed me to a very diverse community with equally diverse opinions. I met very conservative people, and I also met very liberal people. I learned something from every one of them.
The thing is, in a classroom you learn to think very logically about the issues, and to ground your opinions in largely researched and proven facts. But through Middle Main, I learned that for most people beliefs don’t come from books, they come from life experiences and what they have seen for themselves. Everyone has a life story. Even the people you don’t agree with have a life story. It’s our experiences that define what we consider to be problems, and what we consider to be solutions to a problem. I’ve learned that everyone’s story matters, and with that so does their problem. Good and fair solutions happen when we decide that someone else’s problem is as real and important as our own.
Thanks for having me Middle Main! It honestly was life-changing.