Santa Clara University

The eye of the hurricane

By Alexandra Goldberg, SCU senior from Littleton, Colo.

It is very difficult to put into words an experience like New Orleans. Before we left, we all tried to do as much research as possible. We read the magazines, watched the news and looked at pictures in a desperate attempt to prepare ourselves for what we would see once we arrived on the Gulf Coast. What I learned: No amount of research would have ever prepared me for what I saw. You could drive 40 minutes in one direction and still see flattened house after flattened house. Everywhere you looked there were piles of debris and countless numbers of rusted, molded, crushed cars in trees and under the overpasses.

However, it was not what I saw that touched me the most, it was the people of New Orleans who touched me in a way that changed me forever. It would have been so easy for them to give up, to stand in front of their flooded homes and cry. They did not do this, they had more resilience than most of us could even fathom. They say that the eye of a hurricane is one of the most beautiful images in nature. The spirits of the people of the Gulf Coast are truly the eye of this hurricane. Although it was difficult to be swinging hammers through the walls of homes that held so many memories, I would go back and work for those people over and over again. I simply want to encourage anyone and everyone who has the will to please, get to the Gulf Coast and help those people who deserve so much. Let’s get the Gulf Coast back on their feet!