Posted August 26, 2010
Alicia Sorensen-Biggs ’11 was introduced to the McKeen Center as a first year when her floor participated in Common Good Day improving a local mountain biking path. While outdoorsy activities were not quite her cup of tea, she was amazed at the opportunities the McKeen Center could provide - especially within her areas of interest. With a career goal to be a teacher, Alicia became an America Reads tutor for local 4th graders.
As a sophomore Alicia started a student-led service group called For the Troops. Their goal is to spread the message across campus that, no matter what your political stance, there are still Americans soldiers abroad that need our support. Twice a semester, they send over letters and/or care packages through various military support programs. As a senior this year she is co-leading the student-led Special Olympics group with McKenna Teague '12.
In spring of 2009, Alicia participated in the Alternative Spring Break Trip, "Experiencia en Ecquador", where participants empowered children of impoverished rural communities by improving the quality of schools in Ibarra, Ecuador. At a school nestled in a mountain valley, where the concept of a playground was foreign, they built a playground - from the ground up. Cutting down trees from behind the school. Raising the structure. Playing with the children. It was a difficult experience for Alicia, because of the physical labor and because she had never been confronted with such poverty.
"The excitement on the students' faces when presented with their new playground overcame every hardship we faced on the trip"
“You may not be able to change the world, but you can change one person.”