Reflecting on Mission Week 2013
By Jake Albers, communication senior
Communication senior Jake Albers spent Mission Week behind the lens of his video camera. He went from lecture to lecture recording each of the Opus Prize recipients as they told their inspirational stories to the Marquette community. His video was shown as part of the final reflection for the week. He shared his Mission Week journey with Marquette Magazine and explained just how hard it was to stay focused on the job.
As a videographer, I have filmed many events in the past. I’ve noticed that the one thing that connects all of these events together is that wielding a camera tends to separate me from the event itself. I’m either too focused on trying to capture the perfect shot or thinking of where my next move will be.
For the first time, however, this year’s Mission Week lectures drew me into the discussion.
I have never attended Mission Week before. As a graduating senior I am appreciative of the opportunity I had to film many of the Opus Prize recipients. At times, I found it hard to focus on capturing video because of their compelling stories of struggle, fear and altruistic care for their fellow human beings.
One thing that struck me was how passionate these speakers were about helping the less fortunate and how willing they were to step outside of their comfort zones. Just watching the videos of the speakers reveals the pure joy that radiated from their faces as they spoke to students and faculty. All of the speakers had inspiring messages that made me realize that helping others in the community — even in the smallest way — helps in ways I may not explicitly see.
For me, the service learning opportunities that Marquette offers quickly transformed from being a class requirement to being a part of the Milwaukee community. Heading in to my second semester of service learning, I have a completely different perspective of my role and what it really means to care for my fellow human beings. The Opus Prize recipients motivated me to step outside my comfort zone, and they motivated the Marquette community to be women and men for others.