This spring break, I went on a service learning trip to Oxford, Mississippi. Working with the Boys and Girls club in Oxford, our group of 12 students spent a week working with the community to build a garden for the kids, learning about and discussing the impact of race relations in Mississippi, marveling at the kids’ creative talents in the sustainable art/music/engineering sessions we hosted, and indulging in plenty of cobbler.
It was a reinvigorating week filled with cute kids, new friends, and social justice work, filling me with a sense of purpose that sometimes goes awry after spending weeks upon weeks buried underneath a pile of papers and exams.
This was just one of many examples of alternative spring break trips that WashU hosts annually for students, allowing us to a chance to get outside of our comfort zone and connect with the complexity of the world around us in new ways. I’ve heard of people going everywhere from Honduras on Medical Brigades to Arkansas with Habitat for Humanity to Washington state to help out at a Makah reservation.
Please check out my flickr if you’d like to see more photos from the trip!