My name is Khloe Carpenter. I went on the 2016 Lincoln Costa Rica trip. I had an amazing, life-changing time. The main part of the trip that completely changed my views was a service project. We visited a local school (Buenos Aires Elementary) where all the children all seemed nice. I began off to the side when all the children first came out. I was so nervous about trying to communicate with two different languages, but my friend Adriana (a fluent Spanish speaker) ended up helping me. I walked over with my English teacher (Mrs. Kennedy) and she introduced me to the little girls. I think that these kids were in second grade. One other girl and I taught them a little handshake we knew. Then they began to say a few words I didn’t understand. “Pato, pato, ganzo!” a few girls chanted. Adriana translated to “duck, duck, goose,” a popular game for children ages 4 to 10. I was amazed that in such a culturally different area I could still spot the littlest similarities. Although we had just met and began playing, I got attached to each of the young girls. I felt a strong connection and it was hard for me to believe because the way I had lived compared to theirs was/is completely different. Yet those children at a random local school changed my views on how life is everywhere. That life can be different or even difficult but that doesn’t prevent people from finding happiness! My heart fell as I heard their school bell ring for them to go back into class. They all ran away together in one big friend group as I got up and turned around. I nearly cried when I felt three little girls latching onto my waist. Right then I knew that would be my favorite part of my trip. My perceptions on life around the world changed. This along with visiting a local family's home showed me that to many others, my life would be considered privileged. Then to go and meet these amazing, kind girls in a whole different country made me see we are who we are. And the way we were raised or the place we grew up doesn't mean we all have to be uncaring or unkind. We are who we are, and we all can be good.