Back from Spring Break!

Hey Guys! First, let me apologize for not updating this in awhile. The week before spring break was definitely a busy one. I had a ton of tests to study for and the paideia research paper was due. I participated in my first all-nighter of college, and I can tell you that I will never do one of those again unless I really have to.

Over spring break I traveled down to Ocean Springs, Mississippi for Habitat for Humanity. The week flew by, and it was filled with many fun times, great people, and experiences that will never be forgotten. I had the opportunity to learn how to dry-wall all week. It was really a great experience to give back to victims of hurricane Katrina. The trip consisted of leaving Luther on the Friday of spring break, where we embarked on a 20-hour bus ride. We arrived on Saturday in New Orleans where we were given time to explore the city and go experience some real southern cooking. The food was great, and the city was great. I had a lot of fun seeing Bourbon Street and being near the ocean. When we got to Ocean Springs in Mississippi, our work was just beginning. We were split up into different groups, and sent off to various locations to help around the area. Some groups worked on roofs, while others replaced floors. We also had a group of students go help around 100 animals that had been mistreated. So there was a variety of different work opportunities throughout the week. The trip was a great experience and I am definitely glad that I went. We spent majority of our day working, but we also got to spend time near the beach (which everyone took advantage of). If I have the opportunity to go back next year, I definitely will.

This upcoming week should hopefully be pretty relaxed. We only have four days of classes then I get to go home for Easter Break. I can’t wait to see my family and have a home-cooked meal. I have a lot of homework to catch up on, because I didn’t even attempt to do any during the trip. I hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather and looking forward to summer as much as I am. Peace, Mario

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