Site Leader Hannah

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Pulling into Washington D.C. at 7:30 a.m., two hours earlier than we had expected something hit me. It wasn’t the stale car smell from being in the car since 10 p.m. It wasn’t everyone commenting on the amount of seafood restaurants, which is odd. What hit me was the fact that I was a site leader for this break. My co-site leader and I had the power to, in theory, make or break this break. Looking back, I realize how dramatic I was but at the time I could feel the pressure. During my 2015 spring break, I spent my time leading along side another amazing Central Michigan University student (she’s the princess of CMU). We traveled down to Washington D.C. with a group of 9 students. The mission of our week was to work along side the Beacon House staff.

The Beacon House is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides tutoring, mentoring, cultural, athletic, recreation, and nutrition programs to at-risk, low-income children, ages 5-18, who reside in and around the Edgewood Commons community in Ward 5 of Washington, D.C. This mission is to assist at-risk youth to identify and pursue educational objectives that culminate in college or vocational training, and, more generally, to prepare them for productive involvement in their community and society. Since 1991, when Beacon House was founded, their goal has always been to lift as many children as possible up and out of their often difficult circumstances.

During the first half of the day we helped clean and organized the facility in preparation for their Black History Month celebration. The Black History Month celebration had been postponed due to weather. The second half of the day we spent with the kids. We did homework, read and hung out. These were some of the sweetest and most interesting students I have ever met.

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Well that’s a wrap

My freshman year of college is over, now what? Well 5 more years of schooling to hopefully be placed into a high paying job at some bleached hospital. I can’t wait. Until then I’m just along for the ride. What did I learn this year? Besides the differences between phonemes and morphemes, well let’s recap…

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Make wishes because they’re free and always come true if you challenge yourself to make it happen.

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If you’re an animal person, make sure you find time to be around them. They’ll lower your stress faster than a massage will.

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College is a new world. If you think Ann Arbor, MI is weird just wait until you’re on a campus.

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Go to football games whether you’re a fan or not.

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Do dumb things and laugh at yourself.

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Don’t get 8 hours of sleep, take naps.

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Wear cheetah print and be fierce.

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Don’t forget about your best friends at other colleges.

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Continue to make memories with your high school friends.

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Be a diva.

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Visit new schools.

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Love on your family.

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Support your friends.

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Actually have fun.

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Make a new family.

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A little duck face never hurt anyone.

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Support charities.

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Decide on how to pick your LAS mentee.

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Get involved.

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See your college friends in real life.

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Hug the life out of people.

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Be tired. Be challenged. Be connected.

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Meet others who are just as fabulous as yourself.

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Try new things.

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Be an unstoppable trio.

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Explore.

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Laptop cameras are the best study break.

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Own ridiculous things.

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Chase boys–only while in a shark suit.

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Meet some of the coolest people on Earth.

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My first year of college is something I couldn’t have done at home. I’ve grown and developed way more than I ever thought possible. I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next few years.