Casey Lugli is an Environmental Studies major with a minor in PR. When she’s not working as part of our CR staff, she is working at SWEET bakery or at her internship. She is graduating in May, and decided it was finally time she went on one of the Alternative Spring Break trips Suffolk offers. For her last Spring Break, Casey went to Triangle, VA, in Prince William Park. She worked as part of a team of ten students to help the national park service clean the grounds and the cabins, and build an extraordinary amount of picnic tables.
Here is what she had to say about the incredible Alternative Spring Break experience she had.
Why ASB? Where did you first hear about it?
I did the environmental trip because it worked with my interests and majors. I had always heard good things, and I really enjoy service work so it combined all of my interests into one trip. Last semester my roommate had done it before and she was telling me about her trips and how great they were.
Did you feel stressed trying to fit in the meetings/classes every week with all of your other jobs and school?
Not really, packing was difficult because you didn’t have much space. It wasn’t as relaxing as some Spring Breaks, but I still had a really great time.
What was your favorite part?
I think my favorite part was seeing the amount of work we could do, and I was with a really great group. It was really incredible to see that a group of ten people could make such a significant impact in a short amount of time.
What happened on the trip that you weren’t prepared for?
I dont think I expected to learn so much about myself. I learned a lot about what I want to do with my career. I learned how I wanted to combine my passion for the environment and my career and what aspects are important to me. I always knew I wanted to work in environmental activism, but working on that trip I realized how important environmental education is, and I think that I definitely would like to do something with that at some point.
I especially was surprised at how close my team got. Before the trip, we had class together and we would all sit spread out in the room. Now that we are coming back, we all opened up to one another. We had such an incredible experience that I can’t wait to go back to class and see them. This time we all are going sit pretty close.
Why do you think other students should try ASB?
ASB in general is such an amazing experience because you get to see how much a little bit of service means to people. It really shows you how important service work is.
Why should students try the Environmental Trip?
My environmental trip was really awesome because in the class that went with it, we spent the first part of the semester learning about the Civilian Conservation Corps. That definitely helped. We came to the site knowing a lot about the history of the park and the history behind the buildings that we worked on, which really helped us appreciate it.
It was life-changing.