Alternative Spring Break: Day 4 – Catherine
Through my experiences this week I learned not only about the “forgotten borough” filled with those who are still suffering and need assistance, but also about the humanity in all of the individuals who offered time and money to help. Not only did fellow New Yorkers flood in to work in homes and distribute food, but thousands from all over the country as well. Although the local governments may not have responded as efficiently and quickly as many expected, the volunteers who assisted, many that also lost so much, made the biggest impact. Just like after September 11th, we as New Yorkers, Americans, and as a people showed our true colors and came together. I learned from seeing the responses of many after Sandy and from this experience that I am proud to call this place my home. I was also so proud to be working alongside my fellow classmates. We worked as a team and truly bonded through the entire trip, whether it was through playing Apples to Apples until 1:30 in the morning, eating lunch in the vans, struggling to tear up layers of flooring, or balancing on joists as we scrubbed mold. It was refreshing to be surrounded by other students and individuals who wanted to make a difference and work alongside you to selflessly help those in need. Alternative Spring Break was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences that I’ve had at Pace. I am thankful to have had this opportunity and to have had the chance to learn about myself, others, and the pressing issues in my own area.