How to start a personal essay?

How to start a personal essay?
I’m writing a paper about a mission trip i went on several years ago and how it affected me. What are some good ways to start it? Any ideas are helpful

An introductory paragraph could focus on the raw details of the trip, with images to engage the reader. The meat of the paper would be the learning and growth experience.

“In 1985, armed with a fledgling knowledge of Hindi and enough clothes to last for six days, I looked out the window of the plane and considered the trip I was embarking on. Ultimately it took me halfway across the globe, 6000 miles from what I had known as home. I was to meet over three hundred people in and around the area of New Dehli…”