Leadership Spotlight: Whitney Esdale

Whitney Esdale

Position: Winter Break Site Leader for Pediatric Patient Care in Little Rock, Arkansas

Class of 2014

Hometown: Montgomery, AL

Major: Biomedical Sciences and Spanish

Favorite Candy: Swedish Fish

Why did you choose your trip issue?

I chose Arkansas Children’s Hopsital as my trip site because it combines the two things I am most passionate about: children and medicine.

What are you most looking forward to on your trip?

I am looking forward to the whole week in general but I am especially excited about getting to know the participants on my trip better and getting to spend time with the children.

What made you do ASB in the first place?

I had seen posters for ASB around campus freshman year and it looked really fun. I started to look into it and knew it was something I wanted to do. I could have never imagined that a week with a group of strangers was going to turn into one of the best memories and give me some of my best friends.

What trips have you participated in the past?

Children with Terminal Illnesses Spring 2011 in Kissimmee Florida and Affordable Housing Spring 2012 in Baldwin County, Alabama

Whitney working on a house in Foley, Alabama during Spring 2012

What is your favorite ASB memory?

Last year we worked on two houses for a week with Habitat for Humanity, and at the end of the week the families got to see their houses. I specifically remember one mother’s face and how excited she was to see a house of her own. I will not ever forget that moment because we were all able to see the difference we made in that short week.

What is one thing you learned on an ASB trip?

I have learned a variety of things on the ASB trips I have been on but I think the most important lesson I learned was that a small group of people really can make a difference.

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

ASB has definitely had the biggest impact on me throughout my college experience. I would have missed out on so many amazing memories and great friendships if it were not for ASB. It has shown me how important it is to care about the people around you, whether that be locally, nationally, or internationally.

Leadership Spotlight: Whitney Esdale