St. Louis Experience

Many of the things we discussed and had to do during the alternative break trip to the St. Louis Kingdom House aligned with a lot of the curriculum I took here at the Social Work Department of Austin Peay. Discussing causes of poverty, effects of poverty, and ways to alleviate poverty were all topics thoroughly discussed during these classes.

One of the biggest learning experiences for me on the trip involved participating in an online poverty simulation. During this simulation, we all were given a job and different scenarios commonly faced by those living in poverty. There were situations in which I had to go against my own moral compass because I could not afford to do anything else. Looking at poverty from this angle really showed how even possessing morals can come with a cost, and sometimes an immoral decision is made because the alternative is a risk those living in poverty cannot take.

-Ben Pafford


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