Alternative Spring Break in Taos

Students participating in the Alternative Spring Break trip to Taos, N.M., are partnering with Taos Habitat for Humanity to help build a home. During the week, they’ll stay at the SMU-in-Taos campus at Fort Burgwin and will have the chance to take a break on the slopes.

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Amazing memories and friendships

An update from Kat, a junior advertising major and psychology minor:

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What a week it was! We all made it back to Dallas last night just after 10 pm. The road back home seemed so much shorter than the way there; it was definitely due to the friendships we all developed with one another.

I can’t believe the week is already over. It seemed so much shorter than it really was. Alternative Spring Break was the best decision I made for a trip for Spring Break. I think it is a great opportunity for anyone to not only serve those in need, but to also develop sincere friendships. The people I met on this trip have been wonderful. We have formed some pretty amazing memories – from becoming excellent stucco-ers, our adobe assembly line, to the fun of skiing in Taos Ski Valley.

It was wonderful to meet 15 other students who were so in love with serving others and doing it with their full heart. Each of the students and the advisers have a place in my heart. Words really don’t describe what went on and remains from this trip!

The two families we helped were so wonderful. The sheer look of joy in their eyes when we had dinner with them on Thursday was amazing. It feels so good to know that we helped make their dream of having their own home come true. Not only were the two families awesome, but the people we worked with were wonderful as well. I cannot believe the week ended that quick!

I am still in awe of the snow! Coming from Dallas (where it never really never snows) I felt like a little girl when I first saw the snow! It came above my knees in most parts of the campus!! Not to mention the snow on the mountains when we went skiing.

Spring%20Break%20-%20ASB%20Taos%2C%20NM%20134.JPGI definitely recommend students apply to ASB next year. It was such an awesome opportunity; I am so glad I decided to apply this year. And I cannot wait to go back next year! Taos is such a beautiful place! Just looking at all the mountains around us gave me energy every day.

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Until next time. Thank you all for your love and your service and the time we shared together.

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