Questions to consider while reading Enrique's Journey
Questions to Consider
In the first chapter, the issue of mothers leaving their children to immigrate to America was considered to be heart breaking and devastating. To find their mothers, young boys would set out on a dangerous journey; this journey was considered to be the quest for the Holy Grail. Before reading this book, take a moment to think of the journey you have traveled to get where you are. What hardships have you faced? What obstacles have you overcome? Has the road been filled with joy, or have you encountered sorrow and pain? As you read this book, consider the questions listed below.
Why do you think Saint Louis University chose this book as the First-Year Summer Reading?
Enrique showed persistence in his seven failed attempts and eventually one successful trip to immigrate to America. He was beaten, endured hunger, and faced death more than once. Have you ever desired or felt you needed something so much that you would be willing to do whatever it took to accomplish your goals?
When Enrique traveled through Oaxaca, he had to disguise himself so he would not be deported. Have you ever pretended to be someone you weren't just to fit in?
In chapter four, the aspect of faith was presented. The book described that individuals would cling to religion to help guide them through their treacherous journey. How can religion or spirituality help you, as a student, with your journey here at SLU?
During his stay in Nuevo Laredo, Enrique chose to give up food to save money, to purchase a phone card. Have you ever had to sacrifice something to obtain a greater need?
Living in Nuevo Laredo, Enrique lived in a cardboard box. Have you, or someone you know, ever been homeless or completely alone or ever felt you were?
Enrique was forced to challenge the unknown to find his mother. Have you ever challenged the unknown to achieve your goals? What was Enrique feeling that you may have as a First-Year student at Saint Louis University?
After reading this book, has it influenced your views on immigration?
If you are feeling nervous right now because you did not finish reading the book as your first SLU homework assignment in preparation for this book discussion, how can you relate this experience to sitting in a class unprepared during the fall semester?
"If I have one tortilla, I give half away." This is just one quote from the book that speaks of sacrifice. How does this quote relate to the Jesuit mission in regards to servant leadership and being a man or woman for others?
Who is Enrique? Where is he going? How is he getting to his destination point?
Who are you? Where are you going? What is your journey? How do you plan on getting there?
How does Enrique's Journey relate to the Oath of Inclusion at Saint Louis University?
What is one thing that you have learned by reading Enrique's Journey?