from New Jersey and not knowing many people at UNH, Christine
thought it made good sense to participate in the PrOVES program.
PrOVES brings first year students to UNH a few days early to
work together doing local service projects. Christine had no
idea that this experience would launch a UNH career filled
with giving to others through service both locally and beyond.
Christine had a hunch she would meet the kind of people she
would want to be friends with at PrOVES; she could not have
been more right.
One of Christine’s counselors at PrOVES
suggested going on an Alternative Break Challenge (ABC) trip
during spring break. Christine found herself in Cordele, Georgia
building a home with Habitat for Humanity during spring break
her freshman year with eight UNH students she had never met
before. The experience in Georgia was unique because they were
working along side of the mother and daughter who this home
being built for. As Christine puts it, “it was extra
special because we had the opportunity to be with the people
we were helping, and to see how much it meant to them.” When
they weren’t working on the house,
they were immersed in southern culture. They ate good food,
mingled with community members and went line dancing.
It’s no surprise Christine pursued becoming
part of the leadership of PrOVES and ABC trips. She became
a PrOVES counselor and also lead an ABC trip her sophomore
year. This time she went to Dahlonega, Georgia and worked on
trail maintenance for the Appalachian Trail. For the first
time ever Christine spent a week with no running water and
lived in a cabin in the woods. The goal was to “leave
no trace,” this meant fixing the
trails to make it look as natural as possible. Her group was
matched up with a group of retirees who had hiked the Appalachian
trail from start to finish.
Christine is now on the Executive staff for
ABC trips and is happy to report that they have 14 trips planned
for this March. The best part is the students only need to
pay $175.00, a small price to pay for a life changing experience.
The groups are being formed, and soon Christine will meet the
UNH students who will be joining her as she returns to Georgia
to build more houses.
On top of her work with PrOVES and ABC trips
Christine has kept up playing the sports she enjoyed in High
School. She plays intramurals, joined the Riptide girls Lacrosse
club, and referees soccer games for campus recreation. Christine
captained a successful Relay for Life team last spring. Her energy
was infectious; It’s been told that she was jogging around
the track at 3 a.m. dressed as a super hero. Combine all this
and more with the fact that Christine is a highly dedicated student,
belonging to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and
the UNH chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society.
Christine is a Junior Occupational Therapy major.
Her first professor in the OT program was Betty Crepeau. She
is thankful that Betty took such an interest in her and has pushed
her through the program offering great support and guidance.
Because of her work in the OT program, Christine
in working with people who are recovering from traumatic brain
injuries as they adjust to their new life. Christine will intern
at a rehabilitation facility in Portsmouth next year.
During high school, Christine explains she discovered
that “it makes sense to make the best of the opportunities
that are given to you in life.” No doubt she has applied
this thinking to her time at UNH. Even better, in seizing opportunities
to learn and expand, she has taken the lead in providing these
experiences for other students as well.