On the first day of PLACE, George told everyone that after the first week, we would never be able to look at a city in the same way again. This only now hit me after the presentations from today. Driving home from PLACE, I noticed things that I would never have noticed before. The words and ideas from the presentations endlessly floated throughout my mind, as I looked at my city in a completely new way.
There is this saying that goes, “Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.” For me, this quote accurately represents the goal of PLACE. Throughout this first week, I am learning so much information about Portland and gaining opportunities. But it is up to me on how I want to apply this knowledge and these opportunities later on in life.