So it has been a while since I’ve posted here (not that anybody noticed) but now I’m back!
Tomorrow, at 4:30am -_-, I will be heading off to participate in my first Alternative Spring Break (ASB). For those of you unfamiliar with the ASB program, it is a program where college students, instead of spending their Spring Break in Florida or catching up on much needed sleep, spend their Spring Break participating in Community Service in different locations throughout the country. I truly love civic engagement so this is something that I am beyond ecstatic to participate it.
I will be traveling to Pulaski, VA to work with an organization known as Beans and Rice. You can read up on the organization here http://www.beansandrice.org/ To simplify it quite a bit, Beans and Rice is an organization that works with Low to Moderate Income families in the areas of hunger relief, after school programs and job creation just to name a few. I will be traveling with 10 other people and sharing this amazing journey with them.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
The point of these ASB trips is to raise awareness about the social issues faced by people in this country every day. Now I am a very socially aware person so while these issues that we will be confronted with will not be new to me, they will still encourage me to do more. I grew up in a very low income family and have been fortunate enough to not have that hold me back from achieving my goals and dreams. Unfortunately, not everyone that comes from backgrounds like mine get that opportunity and this trip is evident of that.
I know that this experience will transform me and renew my energy and my mission of using my degree to fight these very social conditions. I am preparing myself for a range of emotions on this trip. I know that I am excited to participate but nervous about the unknown. I also know that parts of this trip will make me angry. Seeing the conditions that people live in, and KNOWING that we live in a nation rich enough to do something about it but knowing that this nation is so good at turning a blind eye. Knowing that the “system” created these conditions, and that the “system” is what keeps them in these conditions. But through that anger will come passion, a passion to want to do better and be better and a passion to HAVE TO do and be better. In my day-to-day life it is so easy for me to forget the conditions of others less fortunate; this trip will rejuvenate my passion to work as hard as I can to influence and change the “system.” This one week trip will just be the beginning of a life-long journey…..and I can’t wait.
Stay tuned for updates!
I am enraged and impassioned.