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.
Now that you’ve trudged your way through plenty of snow and midterms, Spring Break is finally here! If you are going to a far away, sunny, sandy place, take some time for much deserved R&R. For those of us who aren’t going on a tropical getaway, here are some ideas to make the most of your Spring Break!
New York City: Take a Peter Pan bus from South Station! This is a great day trip idea if you’re willing to spend a little extra for a fun day. If it's your first time, go to Times Square, Chinatown, or Central Park. If you've been there before, find a neighborhood you haven't seen yet and roam around. Either way, relax and enjoy your mini-vacation. You don’t have to be a NYC expert to make the most of a day here, and that’s the adventure of it!
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Museum of Fine Arts: A classic Boston trip. You may not have the time to stroll around the museum during midterms, but now that you’re on break, pay it a visit and take your time. Even people that aren’t typically fond of museums find something they like at the MFA, and it always has an interesting visiting exhibit. There are also tons of local restaurants across the Fens behind the museum, so a quick visit can easily become a fun day trip.
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St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Make the most of your last day on break by attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston on March 15th at 1pm! This is a Boston tradition that you should definitely take part in at least once during your time at Suffolk if you aren't from the area. Wear plenty of green and join in the madness!
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Dine Out Boston (March 1-6 & 8-13): Participating restaurants have a designated menu just for these two weeks. Lunches are priced $15/22/25 and dinners at $28/33/38 on Beacon Hill, the North End, etc. Treat yourself while sticking to your budget and try out some of the restaurants you've been dying to go to since freshman year!
Restaurants offering deals include Aria Trattoria in the North End, 5 Napkin Burger in Back Bay, and Aquitaine in the South End.
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Sonic: If you’re not looking for fine dining, take a mini road trip (or an adventure on the Newbury/Rockport Line) to Sonic! The closest location is in Peabody, so many Boston residents and out-of-state students have never been. Take an average day and turn it into a goofy adventure in the name of drive-in fast food.
Here’s the menu:
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Volunteer: If you’re not signed up for Alternative Spring Break, but you feel the urge to give back, you can still get in some volunteer hours! Volunteering locally will help you get to know a new side of your city by giving back - plus it leaves you feeling more refreshed than sitting on the couch all day might.
Volunteer match lets you plug in your location and the causes you care about to match you with volunteer opportunities near you.
Then again, you are absolutely allowed to binge watch your favorite shows on Netflix and catch up on sleep; that’s what breaks are for! And I know the last thing you want to think about on break is school... but take this time to get organized. Make sure you have all the supplies you need for the second half of the semester. There are probably a few projects and papers that you could could choose to neglect during break, but try not to. Block off some time each day to get some work done. I promise, it’ll pay off for the rest of the semester!
Try to remember the “spring” in Spring Break. We’re almost there! I hope you have great break and come back to Suffolk motivated to end the year strong!