AB Participant of the Week: October 31

Meet Emily Scholten!

Year: Junior

Major: Social Work


We asked Emily 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?
Winter Break 2016- Ohio Youth Services and Fall Break 2016-Iowa Homeless Youth Centers


What is your favorite thing about Alternative Breaks?
I love becoming friends with all the people on your break and how it makes KU feel smaller. I also love how much you learn from the people that work at the organizations that we visit. It is awesome to see how much compassion they have for the people they work with.


What was your favorite thing you learned from Alternative Breaks?
My favorite thing that I have learned from Alternative Breaks is just the general glimpse of people’s lives that you get while on your break. You get to meet a lot of new people that have very interesting lives and careers. It’s cool to see how they got to where they are and what they like about their positions.


What is your favorite memory from Alternative Breaks?
My favorite memory from an Alternative Break was on my break with Ohio Youth Services. We did a lot of work in the juvenile detention centers. On our first visit to the juvenile detention centers, we were beyond nervous. But by our last day, we were confident entering, we did not want to leave, and we had a hard goodbye to the people we had met there.


What is a random fact about yourself?
I am obsessed with the movie Avatar (with the blue people) and cookies.


If what Emily 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/.