Start Planning Your Spring Break
Taking a spring break trip is a cherished ritual for most college students. Many choose snow skiing or the beach, but Angelo State University offers something both fun and meaningful called Project Spring Break.
Select students get to travel to New Orleans and enjoy all the aspects of what makes that city a tourist mecca while also making a difference for the people and communities still recovering from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.
If you are interested in participating in this year’s trip, make sure you submit your application ASAP. The deadline is Monday, Feb. 8.
I was a member of the 2015 group, and it was by far the most inspirational and fun-packed week of my life.
The first day of the trip is a road day. You will spend most of the day sitting in a car getting to know everyone and playing games while enjoying tons of snacks and laughs.
The morning after arriving in New Orleans, you will get an introduction to the United Saints Recovery Project, a great group of people. They all have their own story as to why they are in New Orleans and why they have chosen to stay there.
After the introduction and each morning of the trip after that, you will select your daily activity, which can range from gardening to painting, building housing or cleaning up damaged areas. What’s special about these activities is every project you select has a unique story behind it and a family who is part of that story.
These New Orleans stories can be a culture shock, but that’s a good thing because it takes you out of your comfort zone. That truly allows you to be open to everything, and this makes the experience so much more touching.
After an energetic couple of hours of work, you get the afternoon and night off to explore New Orleans. What’s awesome is your group of ASU students gets to pick everything you all do, whether it’s touring the city, exploring the nightlife, horseback riding, carriage rides or trying new foods, maximizing your experience in the New Orleans area.
But my best memory of the trip honestly was looking back at every day and seeing how every project and activity we took on had a direct impact on someone’s life. The smiles and hugs from the families affected at the end of each day made all the hard work totally worth it.
ASU’s great staff – Jennifer Johnson, Gil Moreno and Caitlyn Crumrine – did an amazing job putting together an amazing trip for all the students who participated.
If you are selected to take part in this year’s trip, have a blast and represent yourself and ASU well.