2017 Alternative Spring Break: Lizcary Amarante, SSS Scholar

Lizcary Amarante

My experience in the Dominican Republic over Spring Break was one that I did not expect. I’m from the Dominican Republic, so growing up I spent basically every summer there. But over spring break, this experience was something I could never compare any of my summers to. Not only was I able to visit cities that I had never been to but I was able to make a difference. The areas I was exposed to really humbled me. Living with all this privilege makes you forget that there are people who have it much worse. There is only so much help you can offer in 9 days but this is an experience I will always carry with me, Not only because of the services I was able to provide but the friendships that I have made. The Rutgers students I met while on this trip all now have a special place in my heart. I want to thank Student Support Services for their help and allowing me to take part in the Alternative Spring Break to the Dominican Republic.