Leadership Spotlight: Olivia Townsend

Olivia Townsend

Position: Winter Break Site Leader for Ecological Preservation in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Class of 2013

Hometown: Fernandina Beach, FL

Major: Public Administration and Political Science and Nonprofit Studies

Pool or Beach: Pool

Why did you choose your trip issue?

I chose to do an ecological preservation trip because of my love for the outdoors.

What are you most looking forward to on your trip?

I am looking forward to the trip to Chattanooga because I get to share two of my favorite things, ASB and nature. Getting to do service in a fabulous place like Chattanooga is going to be so much fun.

What made you do ASB in the first place?

I first got involved with ASB my sophomore year because it was one of the first organizations I saw on campus that really caught my attention. I have always been interested in service and ASB was the perfect fit for me.

What trips have you participated in the past?

Olivia in Punta Gorda during Winter Break 2011

Affordable Housing Winter 2011 in Punta Gorda, Florida and Community Development Winter 2010 in Ecuador

What is your favorite ASB memory?

My favorite ASB memory is meeting a boy in Ecuador whose name translated to reindeer in English.

What is one thing you learned on an ASB trip?

The most interesting thing I have learned on an ASB trip is that when someone is applying for a home through Habitat for Humanity, they have to go through an extensive process and review system. I did not know it was so hard to qualify for a home.

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

ASB has really helped me grow as a person and I would tell everyone in college that they should apply to do any type of service.

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Leadership Spotlight: Olivia Townsend