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Alternative Spring Break: Changing the way you look at your world

May 1, 2009

Every year, roughly 160 Colorado State University students - ranging in age, major, upbringing, background, and interest - participate in an Alternative Break experience, which occur during winter, spring, and summer breaks. Hear what these students had to say about their 2009 Alternative Spring Break. Next time around, it could be you.

Kari Nesbit - junior, biology

New Orleans, Louisiana - St. Bernard Project
"Throughout the week, our group split into two groups to work on two separate houses with the St. Bernard Project in St. Bernard Parish. At the house I worked on, my group did a ton of sanding, mudding, and texturing. We also had a lot of fun singing and dancing while we did it! I learned a ton about construction throughout the week. We also got to meet and spend a lot of time talking to the owner of the house.

I am beyond happy that I took this trip. I literally cannot describe what the trip to New Orleans meant to me. I learned and saw so much and met some absolutely amazing people. It is an experience that touched me deeply and I will never forget it.

A lot of these trips are life-changing. They will change your view on the world and your role in it. Everyone should try and do something like this at least once during college, because I truly feel they are the best experience you can get!"

Diana Wallis – senior, anthropology

Angel’s Canyon, Utah - Best Friends Animal Society
"I think some of the most enjoyable points in the trip for the entire group were being able to take two dogs, Dixie and Bojangles, for a sleep over, taking pigs for walks, and interacting with the cats in the cat houses. We were also able to help out the sanctuary by cleaning up their dog park, cleaning a horse pasture, walking dogs, and cleaning cat areas.

Being able to see a group of people working together for the common cause of ensuring that every animal is provided with a lifelong home was an experience that I will never forget. I have always been passionate about animal welfare and this trip provided me with the opportunity to interact with people that have the same concerns I do and have made incredible strides in changing the perception of people in what each and every animal deserves when considering the animals well-being.

Deciding to take this trip was one of the best decisions I've made during my college career, I only wish I hadn't waited till my senior year to ‘take the plunge’."

Miranda Fisher – junior, journalism & technical communication

Washington, D.C. - Calvary Women’s Services
"Our first full day in D.C. was spent sightseeing and a brief tour of the Calvary Women’s shelter where small groups of us would be volunteering for the first three nights. This shelter is a women’s only shelter and many of the residents are victims of domestic abuse or addiction.

While I sat in the shelter, I realized the importance of education and more fully funding places such as this shelter. The volunteer coordinator told us that it often takes seven times before a woman leaves an abusive relationship. Many return back to their significant other because if they leave that relationship, they will become homeless. It comes down to a battle between the need to care for their physical and mental health and making sure that they have their basic needs met such as food and shelter.

I truly realized just how much this trip has done for me as a person. I built beautiful friendships with both the student volunteers and the clients, and knew that I would be walking away from this experience with a handful of new friends and lessons to last a lifetime."

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