Before this class, the Mexican-United States border to me was an abstract concept to me, as I had never experienced it in person. I imagined a large fence, with several visible command towers and a line of armed guards. This did not match up with the reality of what we saw on the border, as at areas it was a fence that was really only designed to block cars, not people. There was one border control car that was barely visible, parked a decent ways away in the back of the parking lot. Many of my classmates very briefly crossed the border, and as you can see in the picture above, I was even able to throw a rock across the border. Grayson and I had a brief conversation about how long our rocks would be there, as for both of us the idea of being a rock throw away from one of the biggest political issues of our time was both intimidating and weird. Contrary to what the media would have you believe, there were also no other people at the border when we arrived. There was no giant overflow of people, cars, drugs, or really anything. I know this one area probably does not represent the entire border, but it is amazing how different the reality was from the image that had been built in my head through the media. It also makes me think about our perception of reality and how different people could go to the border and have a completely different take from what I did. Our political views completely color our lenses in that regard, which makes questioning yourself and talking to other people about their perceptions even more important.