New Beginnings: The First day

For the past few weeks I have done nothing but imagine what this adventure would be like.

High school was amazing for me; I studied my favorite trade, got to work with some of the best people I know to date, and was in an overall supportive environment. I still miss my school friends- they helped me forge myself into the person I am today. While I still talk to them all the time, I can’t say I’m not relieved to live and work with people who do not remember all the cringey, stupid stuff I did when I was younger.

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Our Location For This Gap Year In Israel

When I first got to Be’er Sheva I was joined by most of my family. My mother and grandparents couldn’t wait to see where I would be living for the upcoming months. There wasn’t much for them to see, the apartments were quaint and minimal, but perfectly suited for us. The furthest two people could be from each other in the apartment was if we both stood in the different bathrooms, and even then we were within a yelling distance. Big Idea had assured us that everything regarding the apartments is their responsibility- they would fix what broke, and as far as I’ve experienced, they do.

The first time I tried showering everything was cold, and the startling thought popped up that the heater may be broken, but fortunately, it was really just offline… Since then we’ve learnt our lesson, and most of us choose to leave the heaters on 24/7. Our beds are comfortable, for the most part. Don’t get me wrong- it’s not a hotel bed, and while I never find myself sleep deprived in any way, I don’t think I’ll long to sleep in it either.

The People That Are Now My Family

But the people – the people I live with are beautiful! When I moved in they were so accepting and warm to me. They wanted to get to know me, they genuinely wanted to talk to me; that’s something I’ve struggled with in the past. I struggle to open up to people, but with my roommates, I can really feel their care for me, and I care about them.

I didn’t cry when my mom left for the day, but she definitely did. For her, it might have been a sad day – seeing me leave for this new experience – but for me, it was nothing less than an exciting adventure. All in all, my first day was the best day I’ve had in awhile, and I’m sure I’ll never forget it.

Dan Habot

Big Idea #1


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