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Not a Typical Spring Break

Spring break? More like spring broke

by Published: Mar 6, 2013

Like most stu­dents, my bank account is pretty drained from the costs of college.

The lack of funds posed an issue when try­ing to make plans for my spring break. As a senior in col­lege, I wanted to travel for my time off since I’ve never been on an offi­cial, typ­i­cal “spring break.” Last semes­ter, my class­mates and I were posed the offer of going to Guyana, South America dur­ing our week off in March.

We were given details about the trip far in advance and were told that the trip would entail us den­tal hygiene stu­dents pro­vid­ing free oral health­care and edu­ca­tion to the Guyanese. We would be work­ing 10 to 13 hours each day, sit­ting on buck­ets with head­lamps on, clean­ing people’s mouths.

Dental stu­dents from the University of Michigan will be per­form­ing extrac­tions and other pro­ce­dures. While peo­ple are wait­ing in line, they will receive free Bibles, and local pas­tors will be preach­ing about God’s love.

The total cost of the trip is def­i­nitely out of my bud­get. In order to go, I needed to raise at least 90 per­cent of the funds. After send­ing out sup­port let­ters, I was shocked by the response. Within about four weeks, the gen­eros­ity of oth­ers had made this trip possible.

This isn’t the typ­i­cal, care-free spring break lying on a beach that I had always envi­sioned to have my senior year of col­lege. The last semes­ter of my col­lege career has been stress­ful; how­ever, over the years I have learned that one of the best ways to man­age stress is to take the focus off of myself.

Helping oth­ers in turn helps me to real­ize that my prob­lems aren’t as big as I once thought. While I strug­gle to pay for higher edu­ca­tion, oth­ers are strug­gling to afford to survive.

The cost for the Guyanese to get their teeth cleaned is equal to about a year’s worth of wages. By going on the trip to Guyana, I hope to become more appre­cia­tive of life here in the United States. While often times expen­sive, I hope I come home grate­ful for the access to care in the U.S.

This spring break is a chance for me to give back and share love on an inter­na­tional level.

I don’t have to be rich in order to affect other peo­ple in a pos­i­tive man­ner. I hope my atyp­i­cal spring break has a last­ing impact on people’s lives, and on my own.

 
 
  • Elizabeth

    Sweetie, did no one tell you this is a pub­lished news­pa­per, not a LiveJournal? Is your arm tired from pat­ting your­self on the back and get­ting paid for writ­ing about it?

  • Good Job

    Good arti­cle– It’s nice to know there are stu­dents at Ferris who care about help­ing those who are less fortunate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.fox.7169 Steve Fox

    I agree with “Good Job” below. I hope one other stu­dent reads this and decides to do some­thing for oth­ers instead of spend­ing a cou­ple grand on a blowout trip to South Padre Island.

    I espe­cially like the per­spec­tive of this line, which I can also do a bet­ter job of remem­ber­ing in my life: “Helping oth­ers in turn helps me to real­ize that my prob­lems aren’t as big as I once thought. While I strug­gle to pay for higher edu­ca­tion, oth­ers are strug­gling to afford to survive.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.fox.7169 Steve Fox

    I agree with “Good Job” below. I hope one other stu­dent reads this and decides to do some­thing for oth­ers instead of spend­ing a cou­ple grand on a blowout trip to South Padre Island.

    I espe­cially like the per­spec­tive of this line, which I can also do a bet­ter job of remem­ber­ing in my life: “Helping oth­ers in turn helps me to real­ize that my prob­lems aren’t as big as I once thought. While I strug­gle to pay for higher edu­ca­tion, oth­ers are strug­gling to afford to survive.”

    • Elizabeth

      I’ll be hon­est, I find it strange when­ever the staff or adviser com­ments on the page. This seems to be a new prob­lem. I’m almost pos­i­tive that most press enti­ties don’t typ­i­cally allow the author to make com­ments directly. I’m not sure how the adviser role fits in.

      I sup­pose since the Torch has been really slid­ing down­hill this year you need to get pos­i­tive feed­back from some­where. Getting pos­i­tive com­ments from the adviser on the web­page is like hav­ing your mom give you an award for being the best kid.

      • http://www.facebook.com/steve.fox.7169 Steve Fox

        Thanks for your feed­back “Elizabeth.” However, you might want do do some more research. In fact, the trend has been for news­pa­pers to encour­age more involve­ment and feed­back in the com­ments — engag­ing in pos­i­tive discussions.

        You can check for your­self by jump­ing on mLive and see­ing reporter/editor com­ments show­ing up in just about every sit­u­a­tion includ­ing here: http://​www​.mlive​.com/​n​e​w​s​/​s​a​g​i​n​a​w​/​i​n​d​e​x​.​s​s​f​/​2​0​1​3​/​0​3​/​s​a​g​i​n​a​w​_​s​t​a​t​e​_​r​e​p​_​t​i​m​_​k​e​l​l​y​s​_​b​.​h​tml

        mLive even has a Community Engagement Specialist: http://​con​nect​.mlive​.com/​s​t​a​f​f​/​d​a​m​u​r​r​a​y​/​i​n​d​e​x​.​h​tml

        The ideal is when every­one is will­ing to iden­tify them­selves and have con­struc­tive con­ver­sa­tions. Obviously, that does not always hap­pen when anony­mous post­ing is allowed.

        In fact, many news­pa­pers are going away from allow­ing anony­mous post­ing: Requiring account­abil­ity for all com­ments. To this point, the Torch has leaned toward the idea that all com­mu­ni­ca­tion is valu­able and con­tin­ues to allow anony­mous post­ing in hopes that ideas and con­ver­sa­tion will be more robust.

        Any time I post, I make sure to iden­tify myself. No hiding.

        And I stand by my com­ment: I appre­ci­ated the writer’s per­sonal perspective.

        • Elizabeth

          I didn’t say any­thing about the fact that you iden­tify your­self. I just said that I find it weird. If you agree that this par­tic­u­lar arti­cle (which reeks of “smug,” I might add), that is your opin­ion. I think the Torch is a pathetic shell of what it once was. That is my opinion.

          The fact that the reporters have con­tin­u­ously needed to show up on their own arti­cles and defend them­selves tells me that stronger copy edit­ing stan­dards need to be upheld. I assume you have some of those on staff? They may want to pick up the pace.

          Yes, I hope some of the shal­low stu­dents try to do some­thing less shal­low, but con­sid­er­ing there was more of a social out­rage from Jax Anger’s arti­cle on hip­sters than there was on her arti­cle about child slav­ery, I wouldn’t expect much from FSU.

          • http://www.facebook.com/steve.fox.7169 Steve Fox

            Thanks for your input. You may have per­sonal rea­sons for your opin­ions. Fine. I dis­agreed with you ear­lier and that seemed unac­cept­able.
            I encour­age debate and con­ver­sa­tion — your com­ments are wel­come here.
            I am at times dis­ap­pointed with the lack of inter­est on cam­pus, how­ever I am as impressed and proud as ever of the work the Torch does. This is a great staff doing excel­lent work.
            I’m not aware of any sub­stan­tial row cre­ated by the Words at War col­umn (not arti­cle) about hip­sters. Maybe that is hap­pen­ing else­where.…
            Apparently, you are tuned in at a dif­fer­ent level. Please, share with every­one and feel free to share your actual iden­tity and motives. It’s help­ful to discussion.

          • http://www.facebook.com/steve.fox.7169 Steve Fox

            Thanks for your input. You may have per­sonal rea­sons for your opin­ions. Fine. I dis­agreed with you ear­lier and that seemed unac­cept­able.
            I encour­age debate and con­ver­sa­tion — your com­ments are wel­come here.
            I am at times dis­ap­pointed with the lack of inter­est on cam­pus, how­ever I am as impressed and proud as ever of the work the Torch does. This is a great staff doing excel­lent work.
            I’m not aware of any sub­stan­tial row cre­ated by the Words at War col­umn (not arti­cle) about hip­sters. Maybe that is hap­pen­ing else­where.…
            Apparently, you are tuned in at a dif­fer­ent level. Please, share with every­one and feel free to share your actual iden­tity and motives. It’s help­ful to discussion.

            • Elizabeth

              My iden­tity really has noth­ing to do with this. I’m not try­ing to hide it, but I won’t spell it out for you either. I’m an alumni of the uni­ver­sity.
              It was not a “sub­stan­tial” row regard­ing hip­sters, but I guess if “sub­stan­tial” means “law­suit” then no. This was not “substantial.”

            • Elizabeth

              My iden­tity really has noth­ing to do with this. I’m not try­ing to hide it, but I won’t spell it out for you either. I’m an alumni of the uni­ver­sity.
              It was not a “sub­stan­tial” row regard­ing hip­sters, but I guess if “sub­stan­tial” means “law­suit” then no. This was not “substantial.”

            • Elizabeth

              My iden­tity really has noth­ing to do with this. I’m not try­ing to hide it, but I won’t spell it out for you either. I’m an alumni of the uni­ver­sity.
              It was not a “sub­stan­tial” row regard­ing hip­sters, but I guess if “sub­stan­tial” means “law­suit” then no. This was not “substantial.”

              • http://www.facebook.com/steve.fox.7169 Steve Fox

                Zing!
                I sup­pose I would dis­agree regard­ing your iden­tity; it is rel­e­vant. As a for­mer Torch staff mem­ber and Ferris alum, you are likely aware that it is con­sid­ered disin­gen­u­ous in the jour­nal­ism indus­try to hide behind the anony­mous veil.
                Lawsuits are sub­stan­tial. However, hip­sters are not a legally pro­tected group in our coun­try I’m not really con­cerned about those columns. If the Torch is involved in a law­suit, I’m sure read­ers will be made aware — there have been none to my knowl­edge.
                Threats are not uncom­mon in this indus­try.
                Please feel free to con­tact myself or Editor in Chief Mary Benson if you would like to dis­cuss your con­cerns fur­ther — or have real sug­ges­tions for the paper.

                • Elizabeth

                  Steve, I like how you act so proud of your­self. You must be new to the internet.

                  And that’s right folks! Even the for­mer Torch staff mem­bers think the paper is fail­ing hard. I stand by that state­ment. Hipsters? The same stu­pid spring break arti­cles? Complaining that the Oscars don’t nom­i­nate com­edy films? Can’t wait for the oblig­a­tory fail filled sum­mer edi­tion where no one gets their crap together and the few remain­ing sum­mer staff rush around look­ing for pho­tos. Clearly it is a sur­prise every year!

                  Got some great can­di­dates for the E-Chief posi­tion? No? Why is that not a sur­prise either? Probably because no one wants to head up this mess.

                  Go Apathy U!

                  • Josh

                    Thanks “Elizabeth” for point­ing out Christa’s flaws. We’re so grate­ful to have some­one like you who knows everything.

  • Rachel

    “Elizabeth,”

    I don’t know what your per­sonal vendetta against the Torch is (or maybe this is not the case, I’m sim­ply going off what I have read), but it sad­dens me that you attack my colleague’s com­pletely uncon­tro­ver­sial col­umn that expresses her excite­ment to go on this mis­sion trip and which calls Ferris stu­dents to a more ful­fill­ing, self­less spring break. If you know any­thing about the writer, she is one of the kind­est, hum­blest peo­ple I know, and truly has a heart for what she is doing. You cer­tainly have the right to your opin­ion. That is the beauty of free­dom of speech. But I find your com­ments are a waste of energy–they are petty and hurt­ful. You speak elo­quently and seem to be an intel­li­gent indi­vid­ual. Use your knowl­edge and views to have hon­est dis­cus­sion on con­tro­ver­sial pieces–not to attack a COLUMN encour­ag­ing a pop­u­la­tion that is often very self-absorbed to move beyond their ego­cen­tric­ity, just as this writer hopes to do in her own life. No where does she claim to be bet­ter than her peers. If any­thing, she reveals a desire to change and grow as a per­son and to real­ize the own self­ish­ness in her own life through expe­ri­enc­ing the lives of the peo­ple she will serve.

    In ref­er­ence to your con­stant refer­ral to [“smug­ness”] and [“pride”] in regards to my advi­sor and the author of this piece, I find it very inter­est­ing that you, as a for­mer Torch mem­ber, have decided the Torch is spi­ral­ing down­ward, now that you aren’t around that is. Something to think about–we often dis­place our own char­ac­ter flaws onto others.

    Constructive crit­i­cism is always wel­come at the Torch. If you have ideas for improve­ment, we would love to hear them in a pro­fes­sional, pos­i­tive man­ner. We are always look­ing to improve our pub­li­ca­tion, rep­re­sent Ferris State University well, and pro­vide our read­er­ship with great sto­ries and columns.

  • Rachel

    “Elizabeth,”

    I don’t know what your per­sonal vendetta against the Torch is (or maybe this is not the case, I’m sim­ply going off what I have read), but it sad­dens me that you attack my colleague’s com­pletely uncon­tro­ver­sial col­umn that expresses her excite­ment to go on this mis­sion trip and which calls Ferris stu­dents to a more ful­fill­ing, self­less spring break. If you know any­thing about the writer, she is one of the kind­est, hum­blest peo­ple I know, and truly has a heart for what she is doing. You cer­tainly have the right to your opin­ion. That is the beauty of free­dom of speech. But I find your com­ments are a waste of energy–they are petty and hurt­ful. You speak elo­quently and seem to be an intel­li­gent indi­vid­ual. Use your knowl­edge and views to have hon­est dis­cus­sion on con­tro­ver­sial pieces–not to attack a COLUMN encour­ag­ing a pop­u­la­tion that is often very self-absorbed to move beyond their ego­cen­tric­ity, just as this writer hopes to do in her own life. No where does she claim to be bet­ter than her peers. If any­thing, she reveals a desire to change and grow as a per­son and to real­ize the own self­ish­ness in her own life through expe­ri­enc­ing the lives of the peo­ple she will serve.

    In ref­er­ence to your con­stant refer­ral to [“smug­ness”] and [“pride”] in regards to my advi­sor and the author of this piece, I find it very inter­est­ing that you, as a for­mer Torch mem­ber, have decided the Torch is spi­ral­ing down­ward, now that you aren’t around that is. Something to think about–we often dis­place our own char­ac­ter flaws onto others.

    Constructive crit­i­cism is always wel­come at the Torch. If you have ideas for improve­ment, we would love to hear them in a pro­fes­sional, pos­i­tive man­ner. We are always look­ing to improve our pub­li­ca­tion, rep­re­sent Ferris State University well, and pro­vide our read­er­ship with great sto­ries and columns.

  • Rachel

    “Elizabeth,”

    I don’t know what your per­sonal vendetta against the Torch is (or maybe this is not the case, I’m sim­ply going off what I have read), but it sad­dens me that you attack my colleague’s com­pletely uncon­tro­ver­sial col­umn that expresses her excite­ment to go on this mis­sion trip and which calls Ferris stu­dents to a more ful­fill­ing, self­less spring break. If you know any­thing about the writer, she is one of the kind­est, hum­blest peo­ple I know, and truly has a heart for what she is doing. You cer­tainly have the right to your opin­ion. That is the beauty of free­dom of speech. But I find your com­ments are a waste of energy–they are petty and hurt­ful. You speak elo­quently and seem to be an intel­li­gent indi­vid­ual. Use your knowl­edge and views to have hon­est dis­cus­sion on con­tro­ver­sial pieces–not to attack a COLUMN encour­ag­ing a pop­u­la­tion that is often very self-absorbed to move beyond their ego­cen­tric­ity, just as this writer hopes to do in her own life. No where does she claim to be bet­ter than her peers. If any­thing, she reveals a desire to change and grow as a per­son and to real­ize the own self­ish­ness in her own life through expe­ri­enc­ing the lives of the peo­ple she will serve.

    In ref­er­ence to your con­stant refer­ral to [“smug­ness”] and [“pride”] in regards to my advi­sor and the author of this piece, I find it very inter­est­ing that you, as a for­mer Torch mem­ber, have decided the Torch is spi­ral­ing down­ward, now that you aren’t around that is. Something to think about–we often dis­place our own char­ac­ter flaws onto others.

    Constructive crit­i­cism is always wel­come at the Torch. If you have ideas for improve­ment, we would love to hear them in a pro­fes­sional, pos­i­tive man­ner. We are always look­ing to improve our pub­li­ca­tion, rep­re­sent Ferris State University well, and pro­vide our read­er­ship with great sto­ries and columns.

  • Rachel

    “Elizabeth,”

    I don’t know what your per­sonal vendetta against the Torch is (or maybe this is not the case, I’m sim­ply going off what I have read), but it sad­dens me that you attack my colleague’s com­pletely uncon­tro­ver­sial col­umn that expresses her excite­ment to go on this mis­sion trip and which calls Ferris stu­dents to a more ful­fill­ing, self­less spring break. If you know any­thing about the writer, she is one of the kind­est, hum­blest peo­ple I know, and truly has a heart for what she is doing. You cer­tainly have the right to your opin­ion. That is the beauty of free­dom of speech. But I find your com­ments are a waste of energy–they are petty and hurt­ful. You speak elo­quently and seem to be an intel­li­gent indi­vid­ual. Use your knowl­edge and views to have hon­est dis­cus­sion on con­tro­ver­sial pieces–not to attack a COLUMN encour­ag­ing a pop­u­la­tion that is often very self-absorbed to move beyond their ego­cen­tric­ity, just as this writer hopes to do in her own life. No where does she claim to be bet­ter than her peers. If any­thing, she reveals a desire to change and grow as a per­son and to real­ize the own self­ish­ness in her own life through expe­ri­enc­ing the lives of the peo­ple she will serve.

    In ref­er­ence to your con­stant refer­ral to [“smug­ness”] and [“pride”] in regards to my advi­sor and the author of this piece, I find it very inter­est­ing that you, as a for­mer Torch mem­ber, have decided the Torch is spi­ral­ing down­ward, now that you aren’t around that is. Something to think about–we often dis­place our own char­ac­ter flaws onto others.

    Constructive crit­i­cism is always wel­come at the Torch. If you have ideas for improve­ment, we would love to hear them in a pro­fes­sional, pos­i­tive man­ner. We are always look­ing to improve our pub­li­ca­tion, rep­re­sent Ferris State University well, and pro­vide our read­er­ship with great sto­ries and columns.

    • http://odtobe.thecomicseries.com Guelettis

      Yes, of course. With the power of JESUS we can all be made whole. I get it.

      Why is it that the only peo­ple that come to defend the Torch are the peo­ple on staff?