Students spend spring break week volunteering in Washington, D.C.

Arthika Chandramohan (SPH’11) (from left), Karen Contador (SAR’14), Allison Thomasseau (COM’14), Nicholas Pantages (CAS’14), Julie Frey (CAS’11, COM’11), Anna Carson (CAS’14), and Hayley West (CGS’12) at Food and Friends. Photos by Dennis Drenner

Arthika Chandramohan (SPH’11) (from left), Karen Contador (SAR’14), Allison Thomasseau (COM’14), Nicholas Pantages (CAS’14), Julie Frey (CAS’11, COM’11), Anna Carson (CAS’14), and Hayley West (CGS’12) at Food and Friends. Photos by Dennis Drenner

BU Today tagged along with a group of ten chaperones, students and coordinators who spent their week off from classes volunteering at two organizations in Washington D.C via the BU Community Service Center Alternative Spring Break program.  In its 24th year, the program coordinated more than 300 students last week to volunteer with 36 organizations around the country, rebuilding homes, assisting at animal shelters, working at food banks and volunteering in needy communities.  Student journalist Allison Thomasseau (COM’14) reports:

We had just gotten into our 12-person van for the eight-hour drive to Washington, D.C., where we were headed for Alternative Spring Break, when program coordinator Julie Frey exclaimed, “YOLO!”

Not wanting to admit my ignorance of the phrase, I waited for Sam Smith (COM’13), the other program coordinator, to ask what the phrase meant.

“It stands for you only live once—YOLO,” said Frey (COM’11, CAS’11).

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