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Class is out for Spring Break, and Asbury students are taking the week to learn, grow and serve.

WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury University’s campus may be quiet during Spring Break, but its mission is loud and clear as students take the opportunity to learn, grow and serve throughout the U.S. and around the world. 

Some students will travel internationally during Spring Break. Emily Houp ’17, a Communication major, plans on flying to Greece for the second time since December. “I’m going to Greece to help build connections for Asbury students and to work with a refugee camp in Athens,” Houp said. 

Andrew Higginson ’17, a Bible-Theology major, anticipates serving individuals through a mission trip to Ecuador. “I’m excited to apply Asbury’s motto, ‘Start here. Impact the world,’” Higginson said.

Various students will travel to the West and Midwest regions of the U.S. Austin Trachsel ’18, a Media Communication major, anticipates sightseeing California throughout the week. “I’m traveling to San Francisco, where my friends and I will explore the city,” Trachsel said.

Teagan McKenzie ’19, a Bible-Theology major, is excited to complete his cross-cultural experience in Illinois with Asbury’s Chicago Justice Trip. “I’m curious about what we’re going to learn about the conditions of the urban poor,” McKenzie said. “I also look forward to learning about the political factors within Chicago.”

Numerous students will travel to the Northeast region of the U.S. for spring break. Sophie Saint Firmin ’20, a double major in Journalism and Media Communication, is delighted to return to New York, where she will spend time with friends and family. Megan Gieske ’17, a Creative Writing major, will return to her home in New Jersey. “I’m excited to visit museums around Central Park,” Gieske said. “I also will celebrate spring time.”

Multiple students will venture south for spring break. Asbury’s Tumbling Team will visit Georgia and Alabama, performing in schools and volunteering with several organizations. Jenna-Marie Bassett ’18, a Business major, will travel with Asbury’s Tennis team to Hilton Head, S.C.

Regardless of geographical location, each Asbury student will spend Spring Break with intentional impact in mind. Regarding her passion to work globally, Houp said, “I love to travel because it empowers me to broaden my perspective socially, spiritually, and intellectually.”


— by Jeremy Simmons ‘18