Leadership Spotlight: Elyse Albrecht

Elyse Albrecht

Position: Graduate Advisor for the Center for Community Service

Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina

What is your role on ASB Exec?

I have the privilege of serving as the Graduate Advisor for the Center of Community Service and ASB.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

I am very excited about the variety of trips that Auburn students have the opportunity to experience this year! We have covered a variety of different issues and are venturing to new locations, so I cannot wait to see what these experiences have in store for ASB participants.

What made you do ASB in the first place?

Although ASB is included in my job description, I chose to participate in the program as an undergraduate and prior to beginning my assistantship with the Center for Community Service. As a junior at Auburn, I decided to participate in the spring break trip that worked with individuals with disabilities, because I wanted to have a positive effect on those in need during my spring break. I wanted to feel fulfilled and accomplished and I had heard so many wonderful things about the trip that took place before that I knew my college experience would not be complete if I did not partake in an ASB trip.

What trips have you participated in the past?

Individuals with Disabilities Spring 2010, Children with Terminal Illnesses Winter 2011, Community Development Spring 2012 in Costa Rica, Food Insecurity Winter 2012

Elyse in Costa Rica during Spring Break 2012

What is your favorite ASB memory?

Honestly I cannot pinpoint one ASB memory that has been my favorite. Every ASB experience that I have had has been incredible and has taught me so much about others and the importance of the fulfillment that is experienced when you give of yourself to others.

What is one thing you learned on an ASB trip?

Throughout my involvement with ASB both as a student and an advisor, I have learned that positively impacting those in need is one of the greatest joys in life. I have learned that I desire to continue to lead a service-minded life and be an active citizen in my community.

How has ASB impacted your college career? Has ASB changed your life trajectory?

Much like I said before, ASB has changed my life and made me realize the importance of working towards the greater good of mankind. It has encouraged me to continue down a career path that includes serving others and continuing to be an active citizen in the community!

 

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Leadership Spotlight: Elyse Albrecht

Leadership Spotlight: Tim King

Tim King

Position: Coordinator for the Center for Community Service

Hometown: Jacksonville, Alabama

What is your role on ASB Exec?

I serve as the Coordinator for the Center for Community Service, so therefore serve as one of the advisors for the Alternative Student Breaks program.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

The actual experience of being on the trip with 15 students is what I am looking forward to the most. Each trip is so different from the last, but at the same time so similar. The students traveling on these trips have the same drive and passion to serve, but each team bonds and grows in their own unique way. It’s exciting to grow the ASB family each break!

What made you do ASB in the first place?

For me the whole experience started not long after I started working at Auburn in December 2007. When I started advising IMPACT, the Executive Officers had begun researching what alternative breaks programs looked like at other institutions. The following semester we made the decision to add an Executive Officer position that would coordinate this program. Little did we know that it would explode from there! We started with one trip, then three, then seven, and now we are up to ten trips. The whole thing has just blown me away and kept me loving my job every day. Knowing that students are so passionate about serving in other communities and about helping serve those suffering from various social issues in our world today is so invigorating. We are in our fourth year of the program and it has grown so much. Of course we have had our bumps along the way, but the students have taken this organization and made it what it is today!

What trips have you participated in the past?

I have participated in the inaugural trip on Spring Break 2009 to Charleston, South Carolina to work with Habitat for Humanity. I have also worked with Children with Disabilities in Orange Park, Florida; Community Development in Quito, Ecuador; Community Development in La Fortuna, Costa Rica; and Community Development in Santo Cristobal, Dominican Republic.

Tim in the Dominican Republic during Spring Break 2012

What is your favorite ASB memory?

I think my favorite memory and one that I will never forget is that very first trip and every single person that was there. That experience for me really solidified all the work we did leading up to it. All the stress, hoops we had to jump through, planning, and construction work was all worth it. The experience itself is so hard to describe. The group became like such a little family and we all cried when the week was over. None of us knew how much this program was going to affect us and how we existed. It made me so extremely excited about what we had just started at Auburn and still keeps me going to this day!

What is one thing you learned on an ASB trip?

I continually am reminded each time I go on a trip to not be so consumed with the material aspects of our society today and that they do not define my happiness. There are so many times I worry about not having certain things and I always have to remind myself of the experiences that I’ve had serving and how much they mean to me. There are so many in this world happier with less than what we have, so why should I be concerned with things that do not matter?

How has ASB impacted your college career? Has ASB changed your life trajectory?

Well, I have been out of college for a LONG time, but let’s now talk about that! I am back in school, but don’t think that counts! It has certainly lit a fire within me to continue my work in this specific area of the field of Higher Education. I love being able to work with college students and watch them develop. The opportunities that students have to develop while serving on an ASB trip are endless. When I see that experience forever change someone’s life course or the way they think, I am again reminded why I do exactly what I do!

Leadership Spotlight: Tim King

Leadership Spotlight: Kaitlin Harris

Kaitlin Harris

Position: Vice President of Finance

Class of 2013

Hometown: Dothan, AL

Major: Biomedical Science

Favorite Candy: Twix

What is your role on ASB Exec?

I am ASB’s VP of Finance so I am in charge of all the finances for ASB.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

I am looking forward to going on the Ecological Preservation Winter Break trip.

What made you do ASB in the first place?

I heard how great it was from a friend so I decided to apply for a trip.

What trips have you participated in the past?

Community Development Spring 2012 in Costa Rica and Community Development Spring 2011 in Costa Rica

Kaitlin working in Costa Rica during Spring Break 2012

What is your favorite ASB memory?

My favorite ASB memory is probably from this past spring break. We got to work in a small and very impoverished city in Costa Rica. Our group was helping build a recreational center for the kids of the town so they could have a safe place to go. It was really hard work mixing concrete by hand but I had the best time getting to know my group and the native Costa Ricans that were working with us. We got a lot accomplished while we were there and it was very exciting to see how much we got done and the difference that we made.

What is one thing you learned on an ASB trip?

ASB trips have taught me how great the Auburn family is. It is so amazing to see how all of the participants work together, and no matter how different we might be, by the end of trip we are like one big family.

How has ASB impacted your college career? Has ASB changed your life trajectory?

ASB has confirmed my love for helping people and given me more of a reason to enter the medical field.

 

Leadership Spotlight: Kaitlin Harris

Leadership Spotlight: Courtney Bessemer

Courtney Bessemer

Position: Vice President of Communications

Class of 2013

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Favorite Holiday: Christmas

What is your role on ASB Exec?

As VP Communications, I am in charge of all of the publicity for ASB. I make all of the promotional materials, organize events like interest sessions, and update our social media accounts like Twitter and this blog.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

I love hearing about everyone’s trips when we return to campus. I think we always talk about how WE are giving but we get so much back from these trips, whether it is a life lesson, new friends, or fun memories. I think most participants are skeptical that they will form into a little ASB family but you truly bond on these trips and I love listening to everyone’s stories when they come back to Auburn.

What made you do ASB in the first place?

I heard about ASB from some friends and applied not really thinking too much of it. I thought the idea was really interesting and I had no idea what I was in for. I have made such wonderful friends and love our mission so much that I keep coming back for more.

What trips have you participated in the past?

Katrina’s Kids Spring 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana and People with Special Needs Spring 2012 in Argyle, Texas

Courtney at Camp Summit during Spring Break 2012

What is your favorite ASB memory?

I think one of my favorite ASB memories happened when I was in Texas last year working at Camp Summit. One of our campers complained all week that he did not want to be there but on the last day when he had to leave he started uncontrollably crying because he did not want to go. In that moment, I saw that I helped him have a fun week without limitations and I knew that every ounce of hard work was worth it.

What is one thing you learned on an ASB trip?

I have learned that everyone single person has something to offer. We can learn from each person we encounter in life. We are all blessed in different ways; it may be material things, intelligence, or a warm and loving personality. I think it is our responsibility to share our blessings with one another if we want to make our communities better.

How has ASB impacted your college career? Has ASB changed your life trajectory?

I think ASB has made me really think about my priorities and what is important in life. It made me think about volunteering more while I have been at Auburn and made me realize I want a career that involves giving as much as I can to make my world a better one.

Leadership Spotlight: Courtney Bessemer

Spring 2013: Interest Sessions

We will be having two upcoming interest sessions about our Spring Break trips and applications. Join us on Tuesday, October 23 in the Student Center in Room 2216 at 6pm or drop by Chill on Monday, October 29 at 7pm. If you can’t make it to either, feel free to email your questions or concerns to asbtrip@auburn.edu.

Don’t forget applications are due Wednesday, October 31 at noon!

Spring 2013: Interest Sessions