Meet Autumn Crafton!
Major: Journalism and Marketing
We asked Autumn 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 participated in a 2015 - 2016 Winter Break at WINGS and Lowcountry Orphan Relief in Charleston, South Carolina.
What is your favorite thing about Alternative Breaks?
My favorite thing about Alternative Breaks is that it gives you an opportunity to spend your free time doing something that really matters. You get to go places and do things you've likely never done before, and you don't always get that in a classroom setting. Alternative Breaks is the essence of experiential learning.
What was your favorite thing you learned from Alternative Breaks?
My favorite thing that I learned on my Alternative Break is that kids are kids no matter where you go. Regardless of wealth, ability, age, or gender, kids just want to know they're loved. They don't want you to buy them new toys or clothes, they just want to know they matter.
What is your favorite memory from Alternative Breaks?
My favorite memory from my Alternative Break was the morning my group performed a dance we learned for all the kids. We were each inviting one student from our "nest" to dance with us. When I told Angela (a third grader in my "nest") that I picked her because of how great she had behaved all week, her face instantly lit up in one of the biggest smiles I've ever seen. Being able to be the one to offer her that encouragement and joy was the moment I knew the entire week was worth it.
What is a random fact about yourself?
I am the youngest of 6 kids and I have 11 nieces and nephews.
If what Autumn 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/