UND Center for Community Engagement

Nathan: Day One

In Students' Reflections on March 14, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Today we began the Stone Soup Bus Tour. It began with a visit to the state capitol of Bismarck. During this time, we visited with members of the state legislature of both chambers (house and senate). My favorite part of the day was our visit with the first lady of North Dakota – Betsy Dalryample. Dr. Rakow presented her with a bowl for making “Stone Soup”. After arriving in Hettinger, We were brought to the home of our hosts who prepared home cooked meals for us. I was amazed at both the similarities and differences between these people and myself who himself comes from a rural community. This enhanced my belief that we cannot stereotype people in small towns.

The warmth and kindness we have experienced from everyone from officials to our hosts in Hettinger has been my favorite part of the trip so far. This trait is a very good asset for rural communities, because it allows for people to feel very comfortable and at ease with others. This is an enormous advantage rural communities have over urban areas.

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