AB Participant of the Week: April 20

Meet Elizabeth Hazelwood!

Year: Senior

Major: East Asian Languages and Cultures (with an emphasis in Mandarin) & Microbiology

We asked Elizabeth 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?

People’s City Mission in Lincoln, NE; Alzheimer’s Day Services in Memphis, TN; Misericordia in Chicago, IL

What is your favorite thing about Alternative Breaks?

You always meet the loveliest of people. This is the law of Alternative Breaks.

What was your favorite thing you learned from Alternative Breaks?

My brother is the cynical type, and always says I’m a bit naïve for trusting people and believing the best of them. I have met some of the most kindhearted and genuinely wonderful people through Alternative Breaks, and could not be more convinced that he is dead wrong.

What is your favorite memory from Alternative Breaks?

At Misericordia, a community for individuals with developmental disorders, the residents’ levels of cognition range from infancy to about twelve years old. One resident, in his late fifties, was chatting with me about his girlfriend, a resident of the same age, and said he wanted to invite her to dinner. I asked if he was excited for his date, and he replied “I just want to be with her.”

 What is a random fact about yourself?

I have a tattoo on the inside of my lip that says RIOT, because I am very tough and hardcore.


If what Elizabeth 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/