Monday, October 10, 2011

This week ASB's future is changing!

Hello All!

This week is full of new beginnings for ASB's 2012 future!  The other two leaders and I are going to be picking two trip advisers and having a long (but well worth it) Friday night picking out the twenty new members for Alternative Spring Break 2012 to Joplin, MO!  

There is no way for me to even describe how excited I am to be joined by 20 new members.  Each individual that is accepted should feel proud of themselves for joining a team that wants to make a difference in others' lives.  This experience is something I would not give up for anything in the entire world.  For those of you who do not get accepted to the ASB trip to Joplin, MO. I really hope that you apply to the ASB Local Trip, everyone needs help whether it is 400 miles away or right across the street from Framingham State University.

Please keep an eye open for upcoming events that help support our trip to Joplin, MO.  These next coming weeks are the FSU DANCE SHOW, SILD TRIVIA NIGHT, and GLEE FSU STYLE!! 

Cannot wait for this year's ASB Group... So many fun times to come!!  

Don't forget to add the Facebook page and email us with any questions


Krista Landry
Fundraising Trip Leader


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Only 153 more days until ASB 2012!

This is a big week for Alternative Spring Break 2012. It is the week that applications are due! I remember being in this place last year, wanting more than anything to attend this trip and trying to figure out what to write in my application. However, there was a brief time that I hesitated submitting my application.

Looking back, I wish I had never hesitated. Where would I be if I hadn't applied? Could I really have missed out on this opportunity? For many people the idea of leaving home to travel somewhere new is scary. I know I felt that way! The thought of attending a trip that none of my friends were applying for also scared me. But then I remembered this: at the end of ASB I would be able to look back and say that I did my best as one person to make a difference, that I was able to step outside my own comfort zone to help someone else so much worse off than myself. If anyone out there is hesitating, I encourage you all to keep the bigger picture in mind. As scary and uncertain as new experiences can be, they can also be life changing and wonderful.

This time last year I hardly knew anything about Alternative Spring Break and now it is a driving force in my life. This one trip has literally turned my academic life upside down, leading me to switch my major, and has allowed me to reevaluate what my true purpose is in this world. Imagine if I let my own fears and hesitation in applying hold me back? I don't think I would be who I am without Alternative Spring Break.

So please, please apply. You owe it to yourself to see what it is all about :)

Looking forward to hopefully reading your application on Friday!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Our Next Adventure


For those of you simply curious about what exactly Alternative Spring Break is and does, ASB is a trip which takes place during spring break in which a group of students dedicates time and energy to volunteer for a community in need.

Once again Alternative Spring Break is on a mission. This year we have chosen to travel to Joplin, Missouri to aid in relief work from the recent tornado on May 22, 2011. Emergency managers reported damage to 75% of Joplin. Nearly 7,000 houses were destroyed and over 850 others were damaged. The estimated damage is 3 billion dollars, making it one of the costliest tornados ever. The tornado ranks as one of Missouri's and the United States’ deadliest tornadoes killing159 people.

The organization we are working with this year is called Project 195 ( . Project 195 works with all UN recognized countries in the world to promote sustainability is assist in relief work. The organization's mission statement is: "To promote and instruct so that all nations can do their part in stemming, abating, and reversing tragic events affecting the Earth and the those we share it with." The organization aims to work closely with volunteers to make volunteering as accessible and affordable as possible.

The trip leaders are so very excited about this project and are thrilled with the growing interest on campus. Applications for Chaperone position have been sent out to the entire faculty and student applications are currently available on Collegiate Link ( We will be reviewing the applications in the next couple of weeks and soon we will have our amazing and motivated group of 26!

As always, please feel free to contact any of the trip leaders for more information!

Be Well,
Kendra Sampson
Trip Leader 2012