Student Perspective: Alternate Spring Break
This spring break 2015 I was given the opportunity to participate in the Alternative Spring Break Program. For an entire week I was joined by 7 other students and a staff member to provide service work in Baltimore, Maryland. The community service program was focused on poverty and homelessness in relation to the housing burden. I was enthusiastic about being accepted as a volunteer for the trip, but even more excited to receive notice that the Student Access and Education Equity Educational Outreach Inititiaves helped fund my trip. Similar to the residents of Baltimore, MD I know what it is like to grow up in poverty and not have certain privileges that may limit an individual.
Since SAEE supported me through my financial struggle to attend this trip, I was able to participate and gain an immense amount of knowledge in the 7 days I was in Baltimore, MD. While on my service trip in Baltimore I realized that the world is composed of much larger problems than the minor issues I face as a college student studying for exams. The program has allowed me to provide service everyday from 9:00am-3:00pm and help clean up the community in hopes of making the city a better place for the future generation.
I was able to work with my team to engage in a variety of activities whether I put on my gloves and helped pick up garbage composed of drug and alcohol abuse material or learned to use power tools to help build the homes for low income families. It is great to know that the bricks I helped lay on the home we worked on will one day be occupied by a deserving family. Due to this service trip I am committed to contributing my leadership role in reaching positive social change. My community service experience during these 7 days would not have been possible if it were not for SAEE believing in all students having access to higher education and learning opportunities.