Name: Kenneth Fetzer
Hometown: Allendale, New Jersey
Background My name is Kenneth Cabell Fetzer and I am a sophomore at Randolph Macon College. I grew up in New Jersey and eventually came down to the good old VA to get away from the harsh winters of the Garden State. I'm a monstrous 6'4" with a slender frame weighing in at 215. I'm the middle man in between these two enormous figures of masculinity.
The Trip...through Kenneth's eyes!
I consider myself a strong kid and when I heard that Randolph Macon was working on a mission trip to help out Katrina's destruction, I immediately sprinted to my advisor and signed up for the class. After taking the first week of class to catch my breath, I had obtained knowledge about social class systems and general information on hurricanes and Katrina specifically.
I am writing this web page assuming that you, the reader already know our itinerary for our trip. I want to give you something else that only I can offer.
I have done mission work before with my church. I do not consider myself a very religious person, but I have grown up in the church. My grandfather is a well respected retired minister, and I feel I grew up on good morals and have a good understanding of humanity. I can honestly say that if presented with a situation, I feel that I know right from wrong. I might sometimes choose wrong, but it doesn't change the fact that I know what right is. I know as well as the other members in my group that there was only right in our trip to New Orleans. It feels good to help out people, I think almost everyone can agree with that. I have confidence that I will be financially fine throughout my life. I go to the best college in Virginia, and I know I will be able to conquer the real world. Sometimes I forget how good I really have it. This is the best time I have ever had in my life and I can honestly say that "life is good." Going to New Orleans only stressed to me that I am one of the luckiest people in the world. These people we helped were not bad off financially, but just the fact that this disaster struck them boggles my mind. Mother nature is a mad scientist, and I think it is unfair that these people were just living their lives peacefully, doing nothing wrong, and were singled out as the people to have their lives ruined. Why not me? Why not you? If my house was nothing but soggy wood and moldy dry wall, I would want somebody to help me. You might say, I didn't do anything wrong. Every man for himself. That's a little harsh but you get the picture. The rules of humanity apply to all humans. We all started together and in my view we are all related if Adam and Eve started us out. We are all cousins, and have a duty to eachother to give aid in times of need. Act to others as you would want them to act to you. Getting preachy but hey, it's in the blood. Having this responsibity is the crutch and joy of being a faithful humanitarian. I feel like our mission brings bliss to other humans and god willing, in times of need, other humans will bring bliss into our lives.
Kenneth Cabell Fetzer