By Devin Matthews // Contributing Writer | Photo by Dylan Skye Aycock // Editor-in-Chief
As Spring Break swiftly approaches, many students are gearing up for trips to various vacation spots throughout the United States, but some MTSU students choose the Alternative Spring Break experience instead.
Every year MTSU’s Office of Student Organizations & Service provides students with the opportunity to participate in the Alternative Spring Break Program (ASB).
“I just wanted to do something out of the ordinary,” Chelsea Jones, an ASB alumnus, said. “I had gone to Panama (City Beach) – the beach thing was cool- but it was like… how can I make a difference?”
The MTSU Alternative Spring Break program takes place March 7-10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The project gives students the opportunity to make a difference in their local communities through different service projects.
Students get the chance to break out of their comfort zones, while addressing social issues that need attention within the chosen communities.
“I didn’t know MT offered a Spring Break program,” said Bradley Snucks, sophomore and Global Studies major at MTSU. “I didn’t have plans for Spring Break, but I guess I do now.”
During the project, students can volunteer as participants or as site leaders. To become involved with the program, students are asked pay a registration fee of $15 and to register by Wednesday.
“We cleaned up trash and cleaned areas in Murfreesboro. I was glad that I chose to do something different, it sort of opened my eyes up some to the difference that can be made in such a short amount of time,” Jones said.
For more information on the Alternative Spring Break Program, students can visit their page at http://www.mtsu.edu/sos/breaks.php.