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Welcome to our group the "Bobos." You may be asking, "What is a bobo."
Well, thanks to Professor Malin we learned some common slang within New Orleans'
dialect and a "bobo" is what we call a "cut," "bruise,"
or injury. There was no meaning behind this choice for a group name, we just liked
the sound of it. Thankfully, we all survived the trip without any "bobos."
Without any further ado please meet the Bobos: Betty Jo, Courtney, Katherine, Margaret
Name: Betty Jo Utz
Hometown: Madison, Virginia
Tool of Choice: Wheel Barrow
Favorite Sing Along From Trip: "Build Me up Buttercup"
Choosing to take this class was not a contemplating decision; in fact, I was the
first one to sign up for it. As soon as I heard of the opportunity I was excited
and ready to pack my suitcase. I take pleasure in being able to help people and
through helping people I am able to indirectly give back to society and individuals
who have been there for me. Helping to rebuild New Orleans, home by home, and spending
two weeks in Louisiana was both the hardest work and most rewarding experience of
my life. I would do it all over in a heart beat!
Hometown: Midlothian, Virginia
Major: Arts Management
Tool of Choice: Tile Scraper
Favorite Sing Along From Trip: “Build me up Buttercup”
When I found out about the New Orleans Relief class being offered as a J-term course
I didn’t even have to think twice for I was next in line (behind Betty Jo) to sign
up. The most amazing feeling one can ever receive I believe comes from helping people
in times of need and I felt so lucky to be faced with this awesome opportunity that
I could actually partake in right here on campus with my fellow class mates. Not
only would I be helping fellow Americans in a major time of need I would be spending
a whole month with 31 other people I didn’t really know and learning to work with
them and create a bond that will never be forgotten. If you were to ask me to go
back and do it again my response would be, “what time are we leaving” because a
trip like this is an experience of a lifetime and even though some of us wanted
to come home to take hot showers and sleep in our own bed, we would give up everything
to go back down and do it all again. Helping others is one of the most rewarding
and indescribable feeling you will ever experience and I consider my self so lucky
to have been a part of this class and to have experienced what I did.
Hometown: Timberville, VA
Major: Religious Studies
Tool of Choice: Hammer
Favorite Sing along from trip: "My Girl"
Why did you go on the trip?: I wanted to go to New Orleans to help people take some
of the steps to rebuilding their homes that they may not be able to do for themselves.
I hoped for the mere feeling of fulfillment from knowing I had helped someone. I
wanted to do my part to assist the people of New Orleans in their time of need.
I believe it is about human decency, if you are able to go and help, you should
go. I did not know that we would change lives, not simply the lives of the people
we helped but our own as well. I had no idea how close we would become with the
families, how we would grow to love them.
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Major: Art Management
Tool of Choice: hammer
Favorite Sing Along From Trip:"My Girl"
When I heard I could have a chance to go down to New Orleans and make a difference
in someones life, I could not pass it up. I have done a mission trip before and
knew that what you were you able to get back from the people you served was so much
more then you could ever give them. Making this trip with 28 other students was
something I was excited about. These were people who all had the same goal in mind,
to make a difference, and it was by chance that we were all brought together. Through
out the 14 days we spent together we became so much more then just friends and coworkers.
Being back at home in a safe enviorment is not the same. I miss being around my
New Olreans crew every minute of the day, but I am so proud of us and what we did
for so many others.
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Tool of Choice: Channellock Pliers
Favorite Sing Along From Trip: "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"
Mission work has a very special place in my heart. Improving the lives
of people is what Christians are supposed to do. Some people see Gods
love in their lives, but the best way for someone to see the love of
God is to be shown by the actions of others. Actions have always spoken
louder than words. The reason that someone goes on a trip like this one
to New Orleans is to express how much they want to work to better the
lives of others. This is the reason that I wanted to go on this trip,
to help others in the roughest place in their lives.
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