Alternative Breaks

As I have previously mentioned, I have IMG_8644.jpgbeen involved with the CMU Alternative Breaks program for over a year now, and I could not be more happy with my decision to be apart of such an amazing program. I went to Immokalee, Florida last summer to volunteer in an elementary school, and this past spring break I went to Omaha, Nebraska to serve at YES, better known as Youth Emergency Services, as well as Completely Kids. Both of these trips allowed me to embrace one of my biggest passions— working with at risk youth in poverty stricken areas.IMG_2447.jpg

After both of these alternative breaks, I finally decided it was time for me to jump from being a participant to being a site leader. After recently finding out that I would be a site leader within this program I was filled with an overwhelming sense of pure joy and IMG_8705.jpgreassurance. Getting this position reassured me that my passions and eagerness to volunteer and serve communities are what really makes me most happy and most intune with myself. Service and giving back to other communities has always given me a warm feeling, knowing I really can help and use my time in a wise and great way. It isn’t always easy for people to find the time to give back, but even if you start by taking a couple minutes out of your day, it r
eally does make a difference. This program has helped me bloom into a person I am proud of and a person who truly does care for the greater good of others.

I cannot wait to see where this opportunity takes me in the fall as well as what break I will be site leading, so stay tuned!

 

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The ‘Eight People’ Political Science Class

 

Politics. This word seems to be used to scare a lot of people away or intrigue people in engaging conversations. Well, apparently it scared one too many people because a lot of my cohort decided to take SOC (no shame), and left us with an eight person LAS class. PoliticalScience_compressed_1920x1280.jpg
Thomas Stewart will let you know that political science is crucial to surviving in the society today as an active citizen, and I happen to agree. Politics have become huge on social media, in some ways this is good and in others this is bad. My generation has become extremely and actively engaged and participative in politics and the government as a whole, which I personally believe is a step forward.

This class really pushed my limits, my perspective, and my knowledge. Stewart would drill you with questions about your constitutional rights, have you spitting out the amendments in full length, and make you leave the classroom knowing more than you came in with, yet slightly confused. I left this class every period feeling like everything I thought I knew before, I really didn’t.declaration-of-indepence-1.jpg

To round off a semester filled with information that I can apply in my daily life, we wrote our final term papers on an individually assigned film that was to stimulate our thoughts about civil liberties. My assigned film was A Time to Kill, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey, and Sandra Bullock. This movie was an emotional roller coaster about two white racist males raping a ten-year-old African American female and how her father murdered his daughter’s rapists. Most of the movie takes place with Samuel L. Jackson (the father) on trial for the two murderers, and every scene fills you with anger, sadness, and hope. During the return of the KKK in a southern and segregated town of Canton, Mississippi, this trial is creating all sort of buzz.

Overall, this class made me feel like I gained more knowledge about our justice system, societal issues, and our nation as a whole. I would highly recommend the class to anyone even the slightest bit interested, and definitely encourage all to watch the film as well!