When people think of college and breaks, many people think about either winter break or spring break. However, many people have various connotations with spring break.
Many people at Calvin either go home to work or go to Florida to get some sun for spring break. As for me, spring is one of my favorite breaks as well, I mean in reality I love any break from school. There is something so special with spring break for me since I started college. I been fortunate enough that I got the chance to go to various spring break trips with Calvin and friends.
My first year, as a Perkins Fellow I got the chance to go on a service-learning trip with Calvin during spring break. As a Perkins Fellow, I got the chance to learn about what it means to help communities beyond "band-aid fixes." This was in association with the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) that teaches people about taking care of the community we live in, especially focusing on lower income communities. During this service-learning trip, we worked on the yard, painted and just help around the Perkins Center down in Jackson, Mississippi.
I do not remember my sophomore year spring break. It probably dealt with going around town or studying for a test. Whatever it was, it seemed like it wasn't as memorable.
Last year, I went back to the Perkins Center as a leader.
I went back to lead a different Perkins Fellows cohort. The trip differed from freshman year, even though the purpose was the same thing. As a leader of a spring break trip, we had to prepare for the trip: food, activities and evening discussions. Honestly, going into this trip, I had no idea what was going to happen. I was not as excited, because the cohort we were leading did not seem excited for the trip, as well as different tensions between the leaders and the students. However, throughout the time, God made a way for all of us. He made a way for us to work together and love each other. The whole group worked together to learn from John M. Perkins (JMP) and be able to serve the Center. I honestly believe that this trip was the hardest and most heartwarming trip I had!
Spring Break 2017!
This spring break differed from the other years. I ended up going home, which was WONDERFUL. Another part that differed from this trip was with the people I went to Colorado with. I ended up bringing the Filipino Rangeela Act boys with me. There was a huge part of me that was very excited, but half of me was really nervous. I never brought people home to Colorado before because I feel bad about not being able to serve them well as a host. However, everything seemed like it was lining up with going home with the boys!
As we made our way to Colorado, we made a stop to Chicago to stay at Mike's house. It was cool to experience Chicago with these guys. We took pictures around town and even took time to have fun in Millennium Park. Chicago was fun to start with to break down some barriers that we possibly had as well as find it in us to understand each other's personalities. We were able to see each other's personalities and weave our way to accepting each other no matter what. We also took the time to just enjoy each other's company.
- We went to see the BEAN, of course!
- We decided to go to Chinatown, of course!
After Chicago, it was time to head to Colorado! I was excited to go back home! I think besides being able to take people home to Colorado, there was something exciting about being able to go home and see my family after a hard start of the semester. It has been a very busy and academically focused first half of the semester. I was excited to be able to rest in the comfort of my own home. In regards to bringing people home to Colorado, it is nice to show around my home and to see the beauty of the mountains. LASTLY, we were getting free food and housing thanks to my parents!
- Downtown Denver (16th street mall)
- The outlets
- Pike's Peak (tried at least)
- Garden of the Gods
One of my favorite parts about the trip is the amount of boba we had as a group! So much of it!!!!!
What I've learned and gained: I am so glad that I've taken these guys to my home because I got to experience Colorado in a different way as well as spring break. I felt like I got to enjoy Denver more because of spending it friends. Their amazement with the city is wonderful. It was so cool to see. Honestly, it was good to gain good friendships, but also feeling like I've gained little brothers that I can love and continue to enjoy life with. Thanks guys!! :) I do think that this spring break will always be a special one as we were able to bond with each other in a different way, no matter how different we were from each other!