Posted by: nashvillebuasb | February 18, 2011

The Weather Has Never Looked so Great…

Can it get any better than this?!

Okay, okay, so this might not call for sunblock and parasols…but seriously…look at that beautiful weather! Get your t-shirts and shorts ready, because this Spring Break calls for a little sunshine!

Posted by: nashvillebuasb | February 11, 2011

“Roadtrippin’ with my few favorite allies…

…fully loaded we got snacks and supplies.” HEY THERE ASB NASHVILLE VOLUNTEERS! Meghan here – just thought you’d enjoy a taste of some roadtrip music we’ll be playing on our approximately 20ish-hour roadtrip. Some Red Hot Chili Peppers to get you through the day before you engage in weekend festivities.

ANYWAYS, I’m here to tell you a little about what we’re planning on doing along the way to and from the Music City — Nashville, Tennessee! We’ll be leaving Boston on Saturday, March 12th probably later in the morning to embark on our exciting adventure. We’ll make a pit stop to grab lunch a few hours into our trip — either somewhere right outside Boston or if you guys have somewhere in New England in mind. For dinner, we’ll be stopping in the City of Brotherly Love for some authentic Philly cheesesteaks (or whatever else you guys prefer to have). After that, we’ll burn off those calories by playing laser tag at a place about an hour outside Philly in Lebanon, PA. We might be joined by the volunteers from the Horse Cave, Kentucky trip while we’re there. Then, we’ll drive through the night (making pit stops for bathroom breaks, to fill up the van with gas, and maybe participate in a creepy toddlers & tiaras pageant show if need be  — see below) until we arrive at our destination — the ville of Nash!

After a fullfilling week of volunteering and viva-ing Nash Vegas, we’ll probably leave Nashville around the mid-afternoon on Saturday, March 19th. On our way back from Alternative Spring Break, it’s pretty much up to you guys where you’d like to visit. In the past, they have stopped in Washington, D.C. for a late dinner/sightseeing (maybe a little White House party crashing? nahhh we’d be invited). One thing we’ll definitely be doing is stopping in the dirty Jerz for breakfast (and possibly nap time too) at my house! I have a big crazy family (half my siblings will probably be sleeping in) and two puppies! YAY PUPPIES! Except you can only pet one of them (Charlie) because the other one (Odie) is kinda demonic. BUT IN A CUTE WAY! But seriously, don’t pet him…And yes I live in North Jersey and went to school with fist-pumping, hair-gelling, Armani Exchange t-shirt-wearing guidos, but I promise you, my house is a no-guido-allowed territory. But back to stuff that’s not gross…PUPPIES!!!:

Charlie on the left & Odie on the right...they had just come back from the groomer's - we don't normally put bandanas on them and Charlie's top of his head normally doesn't look transposed from a poodle

After our bellies are full of pancakes and eggs, we’ll head back to Boston after a successful ASB trip! Then you can start planning where you guys want to go next year on ASB while I try to find a job when I’m forced to enter the real world in May. WOOOO!

Posted by: nashvillebuasb | January 28, 2011

Nash what? Nash Vegas!

Hey everyone! Emily here! Are you excited for ASB registration? ‘Cause we sure are! This past Tuesday and Wednesday, Meghan and I had the exciting chance to meet some of you at the ASB information sessions held at the GSU Backcourt. There was so much excitement… that it was contagious! We met people who had already experienced the thrill of Nasvhille and people who have not yet left the East Coast. But, one thing is sure…this year’s spring break is sure to be the best!

So, many of you might be wondering now…”Okay, okay, so Nashville sounds pretty cool. But what the heck will we be doing there?!” This year, our group will be working with United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee to build wheelchair ramps around the city (plus the surrounding areas). Since 1999, UCP of Middle Tennessee has sent volunteers out into the community to help improve the mobility of those with physical impairments. Yet, people with Cerebral Palsy aren’t the only people we’ll be helping! Mobility impairments can also stem from conditions such as M.S, Spina Bifida, and strokes to name just a few.

Because this project is one of the longest-running ASB trips being offered, our group already has fantastic relationships with both our site contact and the church where we’ll be staying. And finally, after a hard day’s work, we’ll be hittin’ the showers at….the local YMCA! Yes, that’s right. This trip just got real.

So, are you ready? Are you excited to make a lasting difference?! Are you eager to make this spring break the best one yet?!! We hope your answer is yes…because Nash Vegas is ready and roarin’ to go!

Registration starts at 8am THIS Sunday!

Posted by: nashvillebuasb | November 23, 2010

Introducing…ASB Nashville’s 2011 Coordinators! WOO!

Hello wonderful potentially-future ASB Nashville volunteers! We are Emily Mulloy and Meghan Ross, the 2011 Alternative Spring Break coordinators for Nashville, TN. Now for a little bit about each of us:

Howdy everyone! My name is Emily Mulloy and I am incredibly excited to be one of the trip coordinators for the trip to Nashville, TN! Currently, I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, double majoring in Psychology and International Relations. Someday, I hope to work as an organizational consultant, working with non-profit organizations. I’m especially excited for this trip, due to its focus on helping people with disabilities (which is how I spent a bulk of my time in high school!). Now, I’m even more excited to be able to do what I love…far away from home! In addition to ASB, I spend a lot of my time volunteering with the DREAM Program (i.e. the best mentoring program in the universe!), which is a group that works exclusively with kids from affordable housing communities. Last May, I also traveled to Honduras with the BU Global Medical Brigades where I had lots of fun and even pulled out a tooth (I may have gagged beneath my mask). I also enjoy playing tennis, watching terrible horror films, and laying around pretending I don’t have homework (which seems to have become an art form lately…). Let’s see…what else? I’m originally from the great state of Wisconsin, where I spent my entire life prior to Boston. My favorite color is blue. My favorite flower is the daisy. I prefer short walks on the beach over long ones. Oh, and our van to Nashville will be filled with lots and lots of chocolate. I hope you’re ready…’cause I sure am!

Oh hey there! My name is Meghan Ross and I’m a senior in the School of Management concentrating in marketing with a minor in advertising in the College of Communication and an interest in the media and entertainment industry. My goal in life is to basically be Liz Lemon/Tina Fey, or at least work for NBC making funny stuff. I know anything and everything there is to know about The Office (both US and UK versions), as well as too much about other comedy shows and films. I make a life reference to an old Saturday Night Live skit on a near daily basis. But I’m not (just) a couch potato I swear! Besides comedy, I love traveling (spent last spring in London and traveled throughout Europe for the first time while I was there), volunteering (mostly with hunger relief around Boston and with children, but I’m super excited to explore a different issue area with disabilities!), playing soccer and watching football (at least when the Giants aren’t embarassing me), and everything about the 90’s (expect a sick roadtrip playlist on our way to/from Nashville, starting with The Beatles in the 60’s up until music from my favorite decade). I was born in New York, but raised in the dirty Jerz, and I’ll be the first to admit that the only things I like about NJ are The Boss (that’s Bruce Springsteen for those of you who should be adding all of his albums to your playlist as you read this), it’s closeness to the city, and 24 hour diners. Do not ask me if I fist pump because I can assure you that you’re not the first person who thinks they’re clever for asking that (I basically went to high school with Jersey Shore-type people and am anti-guido). To end this on a brighter note (or at least one that’s not spray-tanned orange), I CANNOT WAIT for Alternative Spring Break this year in Nashville, TN. YEE-HAAAW Y’ALL!