As a freshman in such a large university, it was hard for me to adjust. However meeting such great people on my ASB trip is truly encouraging. Coming back from the trip, I feel as if I have thirteen new best friends. It was one of the best vacations I ever went on I never laughed so much before in my life, it was hard for me to come back. I am confident to say that ASB changed my life.
— Sarah, Cranks Creek Survival Center
For the first time in my life, I feel like I was part of making a difference in peoples lives. Through working at the various sites, I learned so much about myself and how I viewed my life. I realized how much Ive been taking for granted and how lucky I am to have access to the things I have… If there is one big thing I got out of this trip, it has to be that you should take advantage of every opportunity you have to do something different, even if it means getting out of your comfort zone. I am so glad that I took this chance to go on a week long trip with 12 strangers, to make a little bit of difference in the world… I truly believe this experience has taught me some lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
— ASB Participant, The Rock
Today I have a focus. Weve got a good group that reinforces reflection and education and they led me to something: what we do here is for ourselves. The purpose of helping Simon House or any other place is to promote change intrinsically, over extrinsic rewards. So today, for the first time ever, I have a focus.
— ASB Participant, Simon House
“I wonder – can I ever leave this experience behind? I dont think I can or want to. I have a hard time being patient but each day I feel better about being more and more patient and caring. Every time I feel like I am not making any sort of difference, something happens to make me feel the opposite way.
— ASB Participant, My Sisters Place
“I am so excited to be doing something special this week. I feel like college is often so based around me, that I dont feel that I am part of an outside community. This gives me the chance to do something different, to see a new city, and escape my college bubble for a little while.
— ASB Participant, Terrence Cardinal Cook Health Care Center
“So I’ve found new strength to fight on and persevere in the game of life to live life not in the pursuit of wealth, or fame, or happiness but in pursuit of learning and the desire to change and mold people just as they have molded me to the person that I am.
— Joanne, H.O.M.E. Inc
“I hope that I and you will take what we saw and experienced this week and share the stories, revelations, hope, and anger with our friends and families; just sharing this experience is one of the most important ways I can keep this experience with me and perhaps indirectly educate my friends about the issues we work with this week. I will return to Ann Arbor today with a renewed commitment to social justice, and a renewed hope that there are caring people who will affect change.
— ASB Participant, Simon House
“I had such an amazing time at the International High School in the Bronx. I was able to learn so much about different cultures and countries from the students and I loved being able to help them with their school work while also teaching them a little about college. Even now that I’m back in Ann Arbor, I still talk to at least one of the students every day. It feels great to know that I had that kind of impact on them.
— Carrie, Bronx International High School
“ASB has opened my eyes… Before spring break, I was jealous of all of my friends who were going to vacation in Cancun, Florida, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, and Europe. After the trip, I knew that my break was far superior, and I would choose it again in a heartbeat over the other options. Not only did I meet an amazing group of people of which I am now honored to call my friends, I did something during my break, I grew so much from it Thank you, ASB, for allowing me that opportunity.
— Robynn, Rosemont Center
“Right now, the best way to put this experience into perspective for me is to know that service can be done anywhere. There are issues and problems in our own backyard. You don’t have to drive 20 hours to do service.”
— Meghan Broderick, ASB participant
“50 kids today. That’s a lot. An impact on 50 lives, even if very slight. If nothing else I can show them love, that is real. Someone cares. I care, so does Julie & Dean & Kiva & Rebecca & Marin & Garren & Ann & Ben & Cara & Blandine & Carin & Gabi & Jen & Sara & Rick & Blane & Amanda & Tad & Mike & Samantha & Meghan & Ali & Richard & Dave & Sharlene & Tiffany… I guess today’s impact was really on 64 lives. We all learn, we all change together.”
– Troy, ASB participant, The Main South Dakota
“I’ve seen people smile here this week who I have never seen smile before.”
— James, volunteer at The Living Room in Kansas City Mo.
“This trip has opened up my eyes and my mind. Those who are homeless are people, people like us, but less fortunate. Each one of you has taught me lessons. You might not have noticed, but you did.”
— Anonymous, ASB participant
“I have always envisioned what it would be like to have a positive impact on the lives of a number of young people and this week definitely gave me a little glimpse of that.”
— Kiran, ASB participant, Hmong Youth site
“We’re in the van going home… I feel like we’re weeks away from Ann Arbor. It’s like they don’t even exist in the same time frame, same reality. How can you drive to a different state of mind and being?”
— Diane, ASB participant, Lend-A-Hand Walker KY
“This week has renewed my commitment to social change. And to share this week with all of you assures me that we are concerned people who will make significant changes. I know that we have learned a lot this week and will continue our commitment to social justice.”
— Ali Rosenberg, ASB participant