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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An opportunity – and blessing – to serve

An update from Erika, a junior political science/public policy major:

Coming to Taos for ASB has been absolutely incredible. I cannot fully explain in this short space how much fun I’ve had thus far … but, of course, I’m going to attempt to do so!

I knew that I wanted to go on an ASB trip this year, but I wasn’t sure which one would suit me best. I had heard amazing things about SMU students who had been to Taos, and I’ve always loved Habitat for Humanity, so the Taos trip seemed like a good fit. Little did I know how wonderful of a fit it would turn out to be.

I am having an amazing time! Taos is beautiful. I had no idea that the scenery would be so breathtaking, and it really is breathtaking. The site on which we’re building is surrounded by snow-covered mountains! It’s difficult to complain about sore muscles and a lack of sleep when you look up and see peaks towering above you! It definitely puts everything into perspective.

Even more important than the beauty of Taos, though, is the indescribable joy that comes with serving others. We’ve spent three days on site – stuccoing, sawing, hammering, building, cleaning – and have one day left. When we’re finished, two families will be even closer to moving into their homes!

We’re having dinner with the families tomorrow evening, and I cannot wait to get to know them. What a blessing to be able to give. As the saying goes, “To whom much is given, much is required.” I have to say, though, that what we’re doing here in Taos doesn’t feel like a requirement; it instead feels like an opportunity. We’re privileged to be here, and I couldn’t be happier.

On top of the landscape and the joy of service is the blessing of friendship. I have met some amazing people in Taos, most of whom go to SMU. We’ve meshed as a group and have already started discussing dinner plans for when we get back to Dallas! I’m so excited about the many friendships that have begun here!

As you can probably tell, I’m pretty thrilled to be here in Taos this week! If you’re an SMU student, I hope that you’ll consider ASB for next year. I regret that this is my first trip! Also, go to Taos for a semester! The SMU-in-Taos campus is tucked in the mountains and beautiful.

That’s all for tonight. I’m exhausted; muscles are aching that I wasn’t aware existed! It’s more than worth it though. Have a great night!

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