Hey everyone! I'm Carlos Martinez, a junior Political Science major from San Diego, California. During my freshman year at Santa Clara, I chose to go on an immersion trip to New Orleans, a decision that changed me so profoundly that I later chose to become an immersion coordinator. This week-long immersion was an eye-opening experience in which I saw the reality of Hurricane Katrina through first-hand conversations and work. Going from a private Jesuit university in California to a destroyed house in New Orleans was not only humbling, but also forced me to realize that there were some experiences the New Orleans community had that I would never be able relate to. However, while it is true that there are experiences I cannot relate to, that does not mean there is no possibility for me to understand and connect with them. My immersion also beautifully portrayed solidarity, as it proved sharing different experiences among communities helps to establish one unified community. Ever since I returned from my immersion trip, I have found comfort in differences among others, and I hope one day to be in a position in which I can help unite different groups to make the world a better place.