By Lauren Chen, Most Valuable Student Scholar
A few weeks ago, I attended my second Elks Scholar Service Trip, this time in Seattle! I had an awesome experience at the 2021 Summer Service Trip in Boston, so I was super excited to explore Seattle and serve with my fellow Elks scholars.
In addition, we took a trip on the Monorail to the Pop Culture Museum and ate lots of yummy food at Pike Place Market, which featured fish throwing, a Ferris wheel ride and the Gum Wall.
The trip would have been incomplete without a visit to Ballard, Wash., Lodge No. 827. Both the building and the sunset view over the water were breathtaking! Overall, the service trip embodied fun, friends, and most of all, #ElksFamily. Through our daily reflections, we were able to connect our service that day to our personal lives. I am immensely grateful to all my peers for creating a safe environment where we could open up and be vulnerable with each other; it’s amazing how close we all became after just a few days. I appreciate the honesty of my fellow scholars, whether it be sharing moments of personal growth or offering constructive criticism for future service trips.
To me, these Elks Scholar Service Trips are a way to meet new friends, explore new cities and serve as a family.
Lauren Chen is a 2020 MVS scholar currently studying Math and Statistics at Harvard University. This summer, Lauren is working as a Junior Trading Intern with Belvedere Trading.