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Day 3: Devlin S-AFE Service Trip in New Orleans

Eagles hanging drywall

Eagles hanging drywall

Jan. 10, 2013

Twenty two Boston College student-athletes traveled to New Orleans as part of the Devlin S-AFE Service Immersion Trip to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Each day, a student-athlete will blog about the experience.

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Day Three: Berent LaBrecque, fencing

Today marked the third day of our adventure in New Orleans, starting off with another wonderful breakfast made by our hosts James and Jean. We were up bright and early continuing the work we started yesterday, namely drywall, which is extremely difficult to hang. I worked on the front room of the house and made slow but steady progress on the ceiling with Courtney Castle, Kellie Barnum (both volleyball), Alana Dimaso (softball) and Sean Powers (swimmer).

At first I was worried about how I'd get along with everyone since I'm the only fencer on the trip, but it became clear very early on that everyone clicked. While we've broken up into well-established working groups (mine is obviously the best,) we all get along and joke around with each other - especially with chaperones Q, Evan, and Sully [student-athlete development Alison Quant, SWA intern Evan Librizzi and baseball assistant coach Greg Sullivan].

We've also met students from Fairfield University (CT) and Loyola Marymount (CA) staying at the same mission, and each of these Jesuit universities are united by our love of service and this beautiful city.

Talking about how well we all get along saves me from talking about hanging drywall, which seriously is the exact opposite of fun. But on the other hand, we're almost done with the ceilings so we're going to move on to the walls soon, which will be immensely easier. Hopefully, we'll get that finished by the end of the week so we can move on to other aspects of building the best house we can.

Tonight we're having dinner at a local restaurant known for its eclectic dishes, including alligator cheesecake and fried green tomatoes.

I can't believe we only have two more days of work before heading back to Boston on Saturday.

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