Group of individuals in Thailand
By School of Behavioral Health - February 10, 2023

Words cannot begin to describe how transformative and impactful attending a Students for International Mission Service (SIMS) trip has been for me, both personally and professionally. I feel incredibly humbled and grateful for the opportunity to spend 2.5 weeks serving local communities in Phuket, Thailand.

During this trip, we were able to teach 90+ Thai children about health skills and dental hygiene. We were able to support this wonderful community in preparing the next generation of Thai children to have the skills necessary to help them thrive and excel.

Being able to implement the curriculum simultaneously learned while attaining my master's degree and my life's passion is an indescribable feeling. I could not recommend this experience enough, especially in striving to embody the Loma Linda University mission "to make man whole." Also, I appreciate the School of Behavioral Health for granting me the Selma Andrews Scholarship to fund such a life-changing experience.

Mahatma Gandhi said it best: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." I’m so grateful for this opportunity to serve and share my experience!

Written by Brooke McBay, Marital and Family Therapy MS student