Hello Readers! Today was the “first” day of our 100% hands on USF Honors class: “Social Media, Social Change.” Going into this class I did not realize the amount of work and consideration that goes into supporting causes and making sure that the envisioned goal is achieved. I now realize that I have a lot to learn.
We started off the class by packing 18 boxes to ship out. Did you know the post office differentiates boxes? That seems like a trivial piece of information but not all boxes cost the same: there are flat rate boxes which have a flat rate regardless of the weight, there are boxes whose cost is determined by weight and size, there are custom sheets that need to be filled out for each box when shipping internationally, there are holes in boxes that need to be sealed to prevent non-school supplies from entering in (ie. sand, dust, bugs..), there is even an art to arranging the supplies just right so that the maximum space available is used. All of these are important aspects of shipping that I’ve never considered but are so vitally important.
This is just the beginning of my journey to seeing more of the world beyond my immediate line of sight. The beginning of experiencing, thinking, and considering more of what it takes to make a change in a manner that I haven’t considered before. I’ve never thought of making a change in another country and the possibility that that could in a way effect the world at large. I always thought of changes in smaller scales but our Professor is right. Through education who knows what the possibilities are? Education leads to power through knowledge and opportunities and as a fellow stationary obsesser, nothing represents education more than a sheet of paper, a pencil, and a pen. So go ahead, make an investment and send whatever supplies you have from those “back to school” shopping sprees. Do you really need 10 packs of pencils this semester? To find out how you can send it to us, check out: http://schoolsuppliesforafghanchildren.wordpress.com/items-we-collect/.
Stay tuned for next week when we meet retired SMSgt Rex Temple himself: the one who started it all. See his story at: http://afghanistanmylasttour.com/
Until next time~