As a St. Norbert College student, you have the opportunity to apply for TRIPS: an alternative break program that seeks to serve the needs of communities across the country and the globe. The experiences of past participants demonstrate how TRIPS can be life-changing for you!
Senior Marisa Strothenke isn’t afraid to admit that preparing for her trip to St. Lucia, West Indies was a little bit scary. Although Marisa has been a part of the TRIPS program at St. Norbert College since her sophomore year, participating in both the Poverty and Homelessness trip to Washington D.C. and the Affordable Housing trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, she wasn’t exactly sure what to expect this time around. She explains, “Trying to lead a group of students to a foreign country that you have never been to is really intimidating.”
Luckily for Marisa, she was able to find comfort in the partner organization she was traveling with. She claims that Good News Project, who helped her prepare for the trip before her departure, treated her and her TRIPS group like family. “They were truly there for us,” she emphasizes. Marisa also credits her TRIPS group for being positive through all of the concerns they faced. She says, “They walked with me every step of the way and had my back through everything.”
Written by Liz Groth
These days we hear a lot about global warming, recycling, and clean energy sources, but just how important is it to go green? Seniors Malorie Imhoff and Amanda Janse-Vreeling both have quite a bit to say about the matter. Recently, the two St. Norbert College women participated in a TRIPS environmental issues program which took place in Watersmeet, Michigan. While on this trip, Malorie and Amanda had the opportunity to serve alongside conservationists to prevent the spread of a non-native invasive plant species called glossy buckthorn. Although the trip only lasted for a weekend, both women returned back to campus with fond memories and a much greater appreciation for the environment.
This past week, five St. Norbert women spent their spring break serving through the TRIPS alternative break program with the L’Arche community in Clinton, Iowa. L’Arche is a Christian community of people with developmental disabilities and those who share life with them. Their mission is to create a welcoming environment, to appreciate the unique gifts of each person and to respond to each individual’s needs. The L’Arche trip, known as “The Arch”, was led by St. Norbert senior, Kendra Wauters. Below is a reflection of their time in Iowa. Continue reading