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USciences Students Participate in Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge

Published on April 29, 2019

A group of 14 first-year students from USciences Honors Program spent a week working with Habitat for Humanity in Mooresville, North Carolina as part of the organization’s Collegiate Challenge, where students spend their spring break over a series of six weeks to help kick start homebuilding for those in need.

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The Statesville Record & Landmark wrote about the USciences students’ experience:

First-year students Maya Patel, Zoe Timothy and Dayna Smerina were among those 15 students who traveled nine hours on a bus to help construct a home on Spencer Street in Mooresville this past week.

Timothy said the idea of helping someone achieve the dream of home ownership and the chance to spend a week in a slightly warmer climate prompted her to take part in the collegiate challenge.

All three students said putting up walls and seeing the house come together from basically a floor when they arrived was satisfying.

Patel said this is hands-on helping someone to a better life.
“A lot of us say we want to be doctors or pharmacists and help people but this is making a difference first-hand,” she said.

Honors professor Steve Moelter said the experience not only opens the students’ eyes to the importance of community involvement, it also serves as a bonding experience.

“Eighteen hours (round trip) in a van will do that,” he said.

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