Spring break in Indiana
Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013 18:03
When your friends come back from a service week over Spring Break and you ask them about their experience, they try as best as they can to paint a picture of their week.
I personally have had a hard time talking about my week because words simply cannot describe the time we have during this service week.
To me, a service week is something that you have to experience for yourself.
Last year, when I was a sophomore, I chose to be apart of one of the biggest organizations here on campus.
Habitat for Humanity has been a huge influence to me and will always be close to my heart.
When I joined, I heard nothing but great things about the club and really wanted to experience what my friends had participated in their freshman year during spring break.
Having done previous service work, it was something I really wanted to be apart of because I absolutely love helping out the community.
Spring Break came along that year and I was fortunate enough to be chosen for a trip to Benton, Arkansas with 15 other students.
That was my first trip and I will never forget that week or the people I met.
After that trip, I knew I wanted to be apart of Habitat for Humanity on a bigger scale.
Following that trip, I was elected on the club’s executive board along with 11 other students who show as much love for Habitat as I do.
This past year, our eBoard has been working very hard to fill the shoes of previous Habitat clubs.
It is definitely a tough task to take on, but I think we killed it.
Spring Break came up fast and before I knew it, I was Co-leading 16 other students into South Bend, IN. with my best friend Nicole Floriano.
The two advisors on our trip were Amy Ricci, Director of Student Activities and Graduate Student, Eddie Kennedy.
I would not trade any one person that I went with on that trip because by the end of the week, we all became one big family.
The affiliate we partnered up with, Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County, were so accepting of us and treated us very well.
We felt so welcomed in Indiana and loved every minute spent there.
During our week in South Bend, we laughed, cried and had a great time at the Habitat work site.
The woman we were helping was a single mother of two daughters and worked more than one job. Her name was Chantilly and was one of the most down to earth people I have met in my life.
During our week, the crewmen working at the site became very close to our group.
I especially got close to one crewmember named Gerry.
Gerry reminded me a lot of my grandfather and inspired me. He taught me a lot of things that my grandfather couldn’t in his old age.
When I first met him everyone said that I was like his son because we both had two of the same bandannas and had the same personalities.
At the end of the week, I traded bandannas with Gerry. He gave me his favorite bandanna: a bro moment that I will never forget.
That’s what I love about community service.