Students Head In Diverse Directions During Spring Break
9, 2001-- From now until March 18, many University
of Virginia students will sidestep the traditional "fun in
the sun" spring-break traditions in favor of service projects
and career building.
"Alternative Spring Break" program takes students far
from beach revelry into pockets of human need and environmental
trouble. During this year's break, about 70 students will participate
in one of five service projects. They include doing carpentry work
for low-income elderly people in Pennsylvania, tutoring children
of the Navajo nation in Arizona, and working to alleviate ecological
problems caused by a drained lake in North Carolina.
125 other students will participate in the EXTERN program, a week-long
job-shadowing opportunity that provides valuable insights into the
daily operations of businesses. Past EXTERNs have worked at such
varied placements as Mademoiselle magazine, the U.S. Supreme Court,
the National Aquarium in Baltimore and Merrill Lynch.
course, many students still head for the beach. STA Travel, which
has an office on-Grounds, lists the top four spring break destinations
for U.Va. students as Mexico, Jamaica, Florida and the Bahamas.
Jessica Tyree, (804) 924-7116