Hello, my name is Alexandra Nau and I am a current junior here at the University of Delaware. I am a Human Services major with minors in Psychology and Spanish. This semester I had the extreme privilege to travel along with another Hillel student, Samantha Rosenberg, to Israel in order to attend the General Assembly for the Jewish Federations of North America. In a week and a half, we were able to experience the culture of our Judaism, network with people throughout the world, and become truly inspired by everything we were a part of. As the newly elected President of Hillel Student Life, I am completely energized and ready to implement many of the things I learned from the trip into our current campus culture.
With the help of much generous sponsorship from Hillel, the Jewish Federation as well as my local synagogue in my hometown, this trip of a lifetime became possible. Samantha and I traveled as the student representatives for our local Delaware Federation, with about 25 other adult Federation representatives. While we were a little apprehensive about how the adults would interact with us, we were extremely grateful that they welcomed our pair into their group with open arms. By the end of the trip, we felt as if we had gained an entire family that we continue to grow with after our return to the United States. As a current college student, this is something I am so appreciative of. I feel as if I now have a local community I can connect and return to even after I graduate.
The trip culminated at the end of the week, with the 3-day international General Assembly conference. We were able to hear speakers like Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, and attend breakout sessions on topics like disability inclusion in the Jewish community, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as Young Emerging Leadership. Our opportunities to meet other people and network ares also something we are so lucky to have completed. Every time we experienced something new, I kept pinching myself to make sure it was really happening!I cannot even begin to express my gratitude and appreciation for everyone who helped me travel to the land of milk and honey. To have people believe in you, with confidence that you will represent their organizations in another country is the ultimate form of flattery and respect. Hillel continues to open my eyes, expand my knowledge, and give me opportunities to travel and experience culture. This trip is something I will be able to take with me in my future endeavors for years to come, while igniting my passion for the Jewish community. With so many changes going on in the upcoming years as I figure out my life as a professional, I know with confidence Hillel has prepared me more ways than I can count. How many college juniors can say that?
-Alexandra Nau, Class of 2015