PHOTOS: Spring Break 2016

From Moab, Utah, to Monterrey, Mexico, Rollins360 shares the best images, stories, and lessons from students’ spring break travels.

Rollins students in Moab, Utah. (Photo by Scott Cook) Rollins students in Moab, Utah. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Global Middle Ages: An International Field Study

Various locations, Peru
International Spring Break Field Study

What students say:

“Initially, I thought I was going to learn about the Incan and Peruvian cultures—and I did. I learned a great deal about both and how they merge and interact. But even more than that, I learned so much about myself and my own capabilities and about how much I can do when I don’t allow myself to say that I can’t.” — Katherine Stefanski ’17

“The cathedrals in Cusco were unbelievably beautiful and filled with so much rich history. I can honestly say that visiting Machu Picchu was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had so far. I love mountains and ancient history, so being able to hike that old Incan trail—extremely difficult as it was—was well worth it when we made it to the site and took some great pictures.” — Minoska Hernandez ’17

Students visit Machu Picchu. (Photo courtesy of Jana Mathews) Students visit Machu Picchu. (Photo courtesy of Jana Mathews)

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Digging into Diversity in Detroit

Detroit, Michigan
Alternative Spring Break Immersion

What a student says:

“One of my greatest takeaways from this alternative spring break is the power of pride and love for one’s heritage and home. We heard two sides of Detroit, Michigan. The one side was of the assumption that people wanted to leave, that people probably should leave and that was just the way that it was—especially thoughts regarding the young people. The other side, more positive and as I came to learn, outnumbering the other, was proud. Very proud and connected to the heartbeat of the city, many saw possibility and opportunity and vowed to themselves as well as to me that they would stay much longer than others anticipate of them. There is this city that is a beautiful conglomerate of people, stories, and of course history. While those in the larger audience may ignore it, it still thrives in the underbelly of local restaurants, Motown, and the voices that sing the praises of Detroit. Some of Detroit’s greatest artists are storytellers and the local historians that can tell you everything that came and went on East and West side from 1960 to 2016.” —Ariana Simpson ’16

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Full STEM Ahead!

Atlanta, Georgia
Alternative Spring Break Immersion

What a student says:

“Education is my main focus and I got to interact with kids and it left me with more memories than I expected. I was able to develop a personal connection with every kid I mentored. Although language was a barrier for me, I was able to adjust my learning style in order to teach them English.” — Esther Kim ’17

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Mountaineering in Moab

Moab, Utah
Alternative Spring Break Immersion

What students say:

“My favorite takeaway moment was not necessarily a moment as it spans the entire trip—teamwork. The whole nature of our service work revolved around teamwork, and each day we worked, we found new and creative ways to work together to complete tasks.” —Ailin McCullough ’18

“I chose this Immersion experience because it dealt with the environment, and I’m a big advocate of giving back to the world—including our Earth. One of my favorite takeaway moments of this trip was reflection. We have so much to learn from our own experiences and from what our friends feel, too. Our facilitators always made sure to incorporate fun games and thoughtful questions. One quote I will never forget was from reflection. It states: ‘Be happy that it is raining, because if you are unhappy, it is still raining.’ The group really thought about this and connected with its meaning that sometimes you just have to take life’s curveballs as they are and make the most of it with a good attitude.” —Francesca Champin ’16

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Photo by Scott Cook [Source: Instagram] Photo by Scott Cook [Source: Instagram]

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Service Immersion in the Bahamas

Abaco, Bahamas
Combined Alternative Spring Break Immersion and Spring Break Field Study

What a student says:

“I chose the trip to Abaco because I have an interest in education and other cultures, which perfectly fit with the focus of this trip. The work we did was truly eye opening and valuable, so I couldn’t have picked a better way to spend my spring break. Every day in the evening we would break off into lessons with groups of primary and secondary school kids, teaching them art and music-based lessons that would often involve social and cultural skills such as expressing their feelings and understanding other cultures. Even though everyone had some time of physical or mental challenge, they were almost always engaged and actively taking part in the lessons.” —Ryan Colangelo ’18

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Danielle Torres ’17 (right) talks about different types of musical instruments with young students. The lesson aimed to help children develop social and cultural skills to express feelings and understand other cultures. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Colangelo) Danielle Torres ’17 (right) talks about different types of musical instruments with young students. The lesson aimed to help children develop social and cultural skills to express feelings and understand other cultures. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Colangelo)

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Keys to Discovery: Coastal Restoration

Key West, Florida
Alternative Spring Break Immersion

What a student says:

“Some of my favorite parts of the trip were things I learned from causal conversation with other students. Because lots of the students are marine biology or environmental studies majors, I learned a lot about the ocean by just speaking with them. I was also surprised and mortified by the amount of trash that we gathered in a very short period of time. We accomplished quite a bit, but there is a lot more to do and the fact that this is even an issue is very sad.” — Tamila Vitko, EAMBA student

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Global Consulting Project

Monterrey, Mexico
February 28 – March 5 │ Crummer Graduate School of Business, EAMBA and PMBA

What a student says:

“It was such a beautiful city and country, and I didn’t expect that going there. I liked knowing that I consulted on a project that would make an impact in the community.” —Taylor Williams, EAMBA student

Associate Professor of International Business Mary Conway Dato-on (center) and Taylor Williams (right) sit with children in an after school program. The program aims to teach children in grades 1 – 4 verbalize their emotions. (Photo courtesy of Taylor Williams) Associate Professor of International Business Mary Conway Dato-on (center) and Taylor Williams (right) sit with children in an after school program. The program aims to teach children in grades 1 – 4 verbalize their emotions. (Photo courtesy of Taylor Williams)