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8 WKU students participate in 2015 Spring Break trip to D.C.

Eight WKU students participated in an Alternative Spring Break trip to Washington, D.C., March 7-13, hosted by the Student Activities Office.

WKU students visited Sen. Rand Paul during a 2015 Alternative Spring Break trip to Washington, D.C.

WKU students visited U.S. Sen. Rand Paul during a 2015 Alternative Spring Break trip to Washington, D.C.

This trip was designed to enhance students’ cultural, educational and leadership perspectives. Students had the opportunity to visit monuments, museums, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon; meet with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul; and perform community service with A Wider Circle, an organization whose mission is to eradicate poverty.

“Traveling around D.C. with such a wonderful group of people was an enriching, multifaceted experience,” said Lexington senior Eric Ebner. “I have developed a greater appreciation for our nation’s history, and have learned so much in terms of culture, philanthropy and government.”

Other students attending the trip were Sarah Basham of Bowling Green; Farris Melton of Slaughters; Leslie Ford of Centertown; Caitlin Strong of Gallatin, Tennessee; Alejandra Valadez-Rodriguez and Salvador Hernandez, both of Nashville, Tennessee; and Megan Spencer of Lebanon, Tennessee.

WKU students visited the Pentagon during their trip to Washington, D.C.

WKU students visited the Pentagon during their trip to Washington, D.C.

“I had an absolute blast on the D.C. trip,” Melton said. “It was so much more than I thought it was going to be. I got to see and do so many things in just one week that most people don’t get to experience in their lifetime. It was cool to get to meet with one of my state senators and actually sit down and talk with him. As someone who may live in D.C. for my future career, getting to know the city was very beneficial to me and it made me even more excited about my educational and professional journeys.”

The Student Activities Office hosts service and cultural/educational trips during both fall and spring break. To learn more about these trips and the Student Activities Office,  visit www.wku.edu/leadership_vol/ or contact Andrew Rash, Coordinator of Student Activities, at 270-745-2484.

Contact: Andrew Rash, (270) 745-2484

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