As a preemptive disclaimer, this is not an all-inclusive article about 48HOURS. Part of the novelty of the trip is the element of surprise; that is, you’re not going to know exactly what the trip entails until you experience it yourself. Rather than summarize the trip, here are some points to help you identify whether or not 48HOURS is for you.
1. It’s Different
Coming from a private high school that took each of its classes on several retreats per year, I am no stranger to retreats. I am, however, a stranger to meaningful retreats.
My high school’s retreats sounded good in theory: Let’s take a bunch of high school kids who have always struggled to get along and, over the course of two or three days, make them all best friends and have them—somehow—break out of their inconceivably tight cliques.
All right, maybe my high school’s retreats didn’t sound so good in theory.
48HOURS is different. It doesn’t have unrealistic goals nor does it attempt to change everything you’ve ever come to know. Quite simply, it’s a time to briefly pause your BC career to have fun, think, and reflect.
2. It’s Honest
Everything doesn’t immediately change when you get off of your bus to whatever destination you’re going to—I’d be lying if I said it did. Over the course of the weekend, everybody gets more and more comfortable with each other, and everybody seems to want to open up more and more. You’ll hear tremendously candid stories from professors, leaders, and students alike. Some will be emotional, some will be compelling, and some will be hilarious.
3. It’s Reflective
"Reflective" is an intimidating word. In the context of 48HOURS, it simply means to think about and analyze what you have done in the past.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. This adage speaks to 48HOURS in more than one way. Mainly, if you want to seriously consider the things you’ve done, the friends you have selected, and the choices you have made, you’ll emerge a better person. If you don’t, that’s your choice.
4. It’s Eye-Opening
Would you believe it if I told you that everybody at BC isn’t having the time of their lives? If you don’t, start believing. 48HOURS taught me, more than anything else, that everybody at BC is struggling in more than one way—and that’s OK. At times, it seems that everybody in this school is either intelligent, athletic, or good-looking. The common perception may be that everybody is having the best time ever. These misconceptions are only the tip of the iceberg.
For every person you see having what seems to be an incredible time, you can count on another person having a not-so-great time. Of course, you would never know these things if you didn’t participate in genuine conversations with other people. 48HOURS is your invitation to participate in these conversations in a non-judgmental and confidential environment.
5. It Changes Your Perspective
As trite as it sounds, I walked away from this trip a better person. Every problem that ever plagued me wasn’t instantly cured—far from it. But I was able to see people for who they are rather than who they want to be. I realized that some of the things I thought I wanted weren’t the things I wanted at all. I learned that part of college, and in a bigger sense, part of life, is learning who you are. And if you don’t know yet, you’re like most everybody else in this world.
This certainly isn’t an advertisement for 48HOURS. This trip certainly isn’t meant for everybody, and it certainly won’t solve all of your problems if you choose to go on it. But the trip allows you to get out of the so-called BC bubble and think about the person you are and the choices you have made.
Believe it or not, you’re not alone if you aren’t having the amazing time you thought you would be having. You’re not alone if you aren’t fulfilled with the hook-up and drinking cultures that permeate BC. And you’re not alone if BC hasn’t been what you thought it would be. And if any of the aforementioned issues are bothersome to you, you should certainly consider looking into 48HOURS.
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