This week as have Tisa, one of our new members for this year, writing our first chapter spotlight of the year! She’s got a passion for global health and great enthusiasm for GlobeMed at UCLA! We’re so excited to have her on board and we can’t wait for you to get to know her more. Meanwhile, here’s the official post about our AWESOME retreat in Malibu last weekend. We wish we could tell you everything, but here are the best highlights!
I’m Tisa, a fourth year Anthropology and International Development Studies major, and a brand spankin’ new member of GlobeMed. Last weekend was our camping retreat in the beautiful hills of Malibu, California. Twas eventful to say the least and I’ve emerged feeling like a champion camper and with twenty new inspiring/refreshing/hilarious/worldly/compassionate best friends.
Some memorable moments on our retreat included …
– The JBO (Juliette Brown Original, our lovely Director of Community Building): we tie-dyed our very own GlobeMed style prayer flags, complete with inspirational quotes, our thoughts on partnership, and lots of GlobeMed love.
– Adventuring around our campsite: We took a hike down to the watering hole and a few brave souls swam across the frigid lake and went cliff jumping, the most notable being Gigi who jumped in her infamous banana suit.
– Our epically competitive game of “Move your Booty”: an icebreaker similar to musical chairs, where we discovered the similarities we have with one another while also seeing how diverse our group is. Our Co-president, Caroline unmercifully dominated (although I’m pretty sure she emerged with a few battle wounds from literally diving on the ground to win.)
– The PoPo: After some grub we had a surprisingly educational visit from a bored police officer who ended up spending an hour talking to us about the inter-workings of the legal system and answered all our burning questions on how to get out of traffic tickets.
All in all, it’s unbelievable how inspiring it is to be around such a diverse group of people who believe so strongly in GlobeMed’s cause. Everyone is so knowledgeable, philanthropic, passionate and downright fun to be around that it just makes me want to be a better person in every aspect of my life. Whether it’s cliff diving in banana suits, surviving an educational meeting with the police or fighting with tents, I’m so thankful to be a part of this GlobeMed family.