Daniel, a senior mathematics and management science major, writes:

For the last three years, I have always wanted to participate in Alternative Spring Break. ASB is an amazing opportunity for college students to spend their spring break giving back to the community. This year, SMU had four different trips, including the one to Taos, N.M. I was very excited to apply and get accepted to this amazing opportunity for a number of reasons. First, I have always wanted to visit our SMU-in-Taos campus. Second, I have always wanted to participate in ASB. This spring break – I get to do both.

In fact, this week will be many firsts for me. It will be my first time to visit the SMU campus in Taos. In fact, we are the first group of students to visit Taos this early in the year. We will be skiing on Friday (that’s another first).

dliu%20222.jpgHere’s a short snippet from my journal that I jotted down on the 12-hour drive from Dallas:

dliu%20307.jpgAs we began our ascent to Taos, the landscape around us quickly transformed from red valleys and plateaus into a winter wonderland. I’ve never seen snow blowing horizontally in what Kelli describes as ‘fluffy powdery goodness.’ I am reminded of the time when I was with my family at Yosemite National Park in January. Seeing white blanket the mountainside is truly a peaceful sight! Inside the warmth of our white SMU-decaled van, I am growing restless. Mainly because I am tired of sitting in a van for so long, but also because I am ready to get out and explore!

Tomorrow morning, I will be up at 6:30 to help cook breakfast. We’ve got eggs, sausage, etc. on the menu. At 8, we will be heading out to our site location for our build. Look forward to more details on the Habitat project that we will be doing.

But now, I am heading to bed – dreaming of the wonderful beauty of Taos, SMU, and snowball fights.