AB Participant of the Week: March 13

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Meet Abby Poppert!

Year: Junior

Major: Community Health

 

We asked Abby to answer some questions for us about why she decided to participate in Alternative Breaks and what she loves most about it. So here are her answers.

Which Alternative Break(s) have you previously participated in?
Gwen’s Girls in Pittsburgh, PA
 

What is your favorite thing about Alternative Breaks?
My favorite part was meeting new people that I would have never become friends with if it weren’t for alternative breaks and getting to travel somewhere new.
 

What was your favorite thing you learned from Alternative Breaks?
Gwen’s Girls in a non-profit that specializes in women’s rights and empowering girls, so I think the coolest thing I learned was how to work with these young girls and how to inspire them to reach their full potentials.  
 

What is your favorite memory from Alternative Breaks?
My favorite memory from alternative break was one of the days we made vision boards with the young girls we were working with. I loved seeing what things they chose to put on their boards and what was inspiring to them. One girl cut out a smiling mouth from a toothpaste ad and when I asked her why she chose to put that on her board she just smiled and told me she liked “fresh teeth”. I thought that was pretty funny and cute.
 

What is a random fact about you?
I can say the ABC’s backwards really fast.
 

If what Abby has said makes you want to serve, learn, and grow with us, check out our Alternative Weekend Breaks on our website http://www.kuab.org/weekend-breaks/.

AB Participant of the Week: March 6

Meet Yusra Nabi!

Year: Sophomore

Major: Journalism and Political Science

 

We asked Yusra to answer some questions for us about why she decided to participate in Alternative Breaks and what she loves most about it. So here are her answers.

 

Which Alternative Break(s) have you previously participated in?
St. Bernard Project.
 

What is your favorite thing about Alternative Breaks?
My favorite thing about alternative break was going to New Orleans and meeting new people, especially those who were affected by the disaster. I loved listening to their stories and trying understand their hardship.
 

What was your favorite thing you learned from Alternative Breaks?
You can never fully understand what other people go through, unless you face the same obstacles in your life. The best we can do is try to empathize, serve, and help ease their pain.
 

What is your favorite memory from Alternative Breaks?
Meeting Margaret. Her house was destroyed by the hurricane and we helped built parts of it. It was great getting the chance to actually meet her. She was appreciative and full of love.
 

What is a random fact about yourself?
I’m bilingual! I’m fluent in English and Bangla.


If what Yusra has said makes you want to serve, learn, and grow with us, check out our Alternative Weekend Breaks on our website http://www.kuab.org/weekend-breaks/.

AB Participant of the Week: February 27

Meet Tho Nguyen!

Year: Senior

Major: Biochemistry

 

We asked Tho to answer some questions for us about why she decided to participate in Alternative Breaks and what she loves most about it. So here are her answers.

Which Alternative Break(s) have you previously participated in?
I went to Denver, CO for Playworks and Memphis, TN for Alzheimer’s Daily Service.
 

 

What is your favorite thing about Alternative Breaks?
Alternative breaks are great because they combine three of my favorite things into one week: travel, volunteer, and meet new people!

 

What was your favorite thing you learned from Alternative Breaks?
I learned to not be afraid at making conversations with strangers. Everyone’s life stories are so different, you can learn a new thing or two.
 

 

What is your favorite memory from Alternative Breaks?
My favorite memory when I went to Denver was when we hiked these incredible rock formations in the Garden of the Gods, the view was breathtaking. As for when I was in Memphis, my favorite moment was when we were playing cards and all of a sudden a cockroach appeared out of nowhere and scared the living daylights out of some people.
 

What is a random fact about yourself?
I have never been to K-State so I’m very curious as to what their campus is like.

 

If what Tho has said makes you want to serve, learn, and grow with us, check out our Alternative Weekend Breaks on our website http://www.kuab.org/weekend-breaks/.

AB Participant of the Week: February 20

Meet Katharine Doerksen!

Year: Sophomore

Major: Philosophy, with minors in Business and Peace and Conflict Studies

 

We asked Katherine to answer some questions for us about why she decided to participate in Alternative Breaks and what she loves most about it. So here are her answers.

Which Alternative Break(s) have you previously participated in?
Project Fairness, to Louisville Kentucky
 

What is your favorite thing about Alternative Breaks?
My favorite thing about Alternative Breaks was getting to live with a group of KU students for a week. I wouldn’t have gotten to know these people otherwise, seeing as we are involved in different activities and interested in different things. Through Alternative Breaks, I was able to experience life with different people, and see things from other KU students’ perspectives.
 

What was your favorite thing you learned from Alternative Breaks?
Alternative Breaks showed me that an organization doesn’t have to be large to make a difference. The organization which I volunteered with was quite small; it only had two full-time employees! However, these employees were so committed to seeing the success of the organization that they were making huge steps to promote equal rights in Louisville, Kentucky. Seeing the huge difference that a small number of people can make was truly moving.
 

What is your favorite memory from Alternative Breaks?
The group which we volunteered for, the Fairness Campaign, was so incredibly grateful for our work. I remember that they thanked us repeatedly for work that had only taken us a few hours each day. Since they didn’t typically receive many volunteers, they were so happy to have us there. I realized that what isn’t a big deal for one person may be life-changing for another.
 

What is a random fact about yourself?
I enjoy skydiving, and go every year for my birthday!

 

If what Katherine has said makes you want to serve, learn, and grow with us, check out our Alternative Weekend Breaks on our website http://www.kuab.org/weekend-breaks/.

AB Participant of the Week: February 13

Meet Alex Murray!

Year: Freshman

Major: Finance/Environmental Studies

 

We asked Alex to answer some questions for us about why he decided to participate in Alternative Breaks and what he loves most about it. So here are his answers.

Which Alternative Break(s) have you previously participated in?
This was my first Alt Break, but it will not be my last!
 

What is your favorite thing about Alternative Breaks?
I loved the chance to go to somewhere completely new with fellow Jayhawks that I did not previously know. The adventure of getting out there, volunteering, and living at a new home for a week was a nice change in pace from staying home all of winter break.
 

What was your favorite thing you learned from Alternative Breaks?
I got a chance to learn about a topic area that I knew relatively little about beforehand, which was conservation. Having a chance to work with full-time staff members of a Wolf conservation definitely opened up my mind to an issue that I would have never heard about otherwise. I loved getting the chance to help inspire myself to work towards a new cause.
 

What is your favorite memory from Alternative Breaks?
My favorite memory from my trip was getting the chance to meet with a wolf face-to-face. Going out to my break, I didn’t know much about these animals and had some natural reservations about actually interacting with these animals. The result was a chance to meet some incredible wolves that were totally friendly. Not many people get a chance to say that they were licked by a wolf – which is my new answer to any icebreaker!
 

What is a random fact about yourself?
I am an avid record collector!
 

If what Alex has said makes you want to serve, learn, and grow with us, check out our Alternative Weekend Breaks on our website http://www.kuab.org/weekend-breaks/.