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After a two and a half hour trek out of the congested city of Boston, we had finally arrived in Cape Cod. Most faces I saw were new, and most names that I had learned, I had quickly forgotten. Little did I know that, after Take48, I would recognize these people and remember their names, not because we shared a class or an orientation group, but because we shared an unforgettable experience.
We all quickly made our way into whichever living quarters we had been assigned, met our prospective roommates, matched names with faces, and regrouped to take a walk down to the beautiful Cape Cod shoreline. The scent of the ocean reminded me so fondly of the beaches I had grown up next to; beaches that I hadn’t seen in almost a month. I looked around at everyone running in the sand, picking up Horseshoe Crabs, and dipping their feet (or sometimes their whole body) in the water, and considered how lucky I was. Not only did we all decide on Emmanuel College—though probably for different reasons—we all decided that we needed to take a break. We all saw Take48 as a way to unwind, reflect, and make new friends.
The goal of this trip was to ponder three questions: Where have you been? Where are you now? And where are you going? We were divided into small groups, facilitated by a student leader and staff member, and were asked to do activities and have discussions that got at the heart of one of those three questions. We laughed until we cried, cried until we laughed, and shared intimate stories about ourselves that even our best friends didn’t know. Eventually, we collected ourselves, had a group discussion, and were sent off on our own to journal. We could use our time as we pleased: writing, drawing, meditating, or just relaxing. Whatever we needed to do to best reflect on the topic at hand.
Most of our weekend though, was less structured. We had free time to go to the beach and play capture the flag, do arts and crafts, pray, do yoga, play “Dos Didos,” nap, or talk with campus ministry. We had a guided meditation, group prayer, a bonfire, lots of games, and lots and lots of candy. But, late at night, when we all probably should’ve been asleep, was when we all got the closest.
Take48 helped me meet some of the most amazing people Emmanuel has to offer. Everyone—ever staff member, student, and student leader—was incredibly kind and generous and truly made my transition into EC so much easier. I left with a new respect for myself and for everyone in my life, regardless of whether or not they participated in Take48. I can only hope that next year, and years down the road, more students will take advantage of this fantastic retreat.