Honors Program’s Spring Service Trip

in Student Activities, Undergraduate Students
April 20th, 2012

Undergrads Work in D.C. Over Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break Honors Program
 
Boston University always has an enormous number of students participate in Alternative Spring Break, and School of Management students have been well represented among them. This spring, a group of undergrad School of Management Honors Program students decided to travel to the nation’s capital for an alternative alternative spring break, or as the honors program billed it, the Spring Service Trip.

“Between the people that we met, the work we were able to do, and the cultural experience of being in D.C., it was amazing,” said Liz Katz, assistant director in the Undergraduate Program Office, and one of the two advisers on the trip.

The students aided in the District’s fight against hunger and homelessness, volunteering at several organizations over the course of the first week of March.

“The organizations where we worked were ready for us and loved that we came all this way to lend a hand. They usually rely on local volunteers,” Katz said.

“By being able to volunteer over spring break and to brighten the days of those people whom we served, I am proud to say that I am a part of an honors program that is full of humble and kind people,” said Rebecca Lang (BSBA’14).

The group helped out at two supportive housing sites for formerly homeless families and in the soup kitchens at So Others Might Eat (SOME), helped prepare meals from local ingredients for public school students at DC Central Kitchen’s program Fresh Start, and spent a day at the Capital Area Food Bank inspecting and sorting through donations.

“I feel one of the most valuable experiences for the students was their exposure to the SOME  dining room,” Katz said.  ”It wasn’t just the ‘obviously’ homeless. There were people there in work uniforms, some families as neat and clean as could be. You got the sense they could have been your neighbors and friends. It put a really different face on hunger and homelessness.”

The trip itself was the honors program student leaders’ response to the increased requirement in volunteer hours for freshmen honors students, and the brain child of Selena Su (BSBA’14).

Su pitched the idea for an honors alternative to the Undergraduate Program office. This, she reasoned, would also help current honors freshmen fulfill the community service hours.

Su said the idea got her the position as coordinator.

“I planned a trip to Washington, D.C.,” Su said, “but it’s the first time that it’s been done so I didn’t have a lot to go on.”

Not allowing precedent to restrain her, Su contacted a handful of organizations in the D.C. area, and helped the trip come to fruition.

“By being able to volunteer over spring break and to brighten the days of those people whom we served, I am proud to say that I am a part of an honors program that is full of humble and kind people,” said Rebecca Lang (BSBA’14).

“We worked hard, played hard, and relaxed in-between,” said Sahiba Chopra (BSBA’14). “And we left DC with the satisfaction of knowing that we actually made a difference, however small.”

By Lauren Dezenski