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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 and Steve.
Hometown: Madison, Virginia
Tool of Choice: Wheel Barrow
Favorite Sing Along From Trip: "Build Me up Buttercup"
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"
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"
has a very special place in my heart. Improving the lives
of people is what Christians are supposed to do. Some people see
love in their lives, but the best way for someone to see the love
God is to be shown by the actions of others. Actions have always
louder than words. The reason that someone goes on a trip like this
to New Orleans is to express how much they want to work to better
lives of others. This is the reason that I wanted to go on this
to help others in the roughest place in their lives.
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