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Day 6: Devlin S-AFE Service Trip in New Orleans

Junior Keady Segel

Junior Keady Segel

Jan. 11, 2014

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

Day Six: Keady Segel, men's soccer

"It's not how you start, it's how you finish!"

This was our mindset going into the last full day in New Orleans. Per routine, the gang awoke before sunrise, grabbed breakfast, and hit the road by 6:40 a.m. Both vans took I-10 to their respective worksites: One drove two groups into East New Orleans and the other was destined for the Ninth Ward. The student-athletes from The Heights were once again accompanied by student-athletes from Tulane. Jordan, a cornerback who is from New Orleans, suffered through Hurricane Katrina and it was interesting to hear from a primary source about the experience.

The group at Curran Road hit the ground flying. Barring a mid-morning interruption by some neighborhood puppies, we finished a bathroom, made progress in another, framed the final door and applied transition strips between flooring. Our site manager, Tim, expects the four-bedroom home to be completed early next week. Meanwhile, the other groups continued finishing work at Seven Oaks and helped with demolition at the Ninth Ward house.

After hanging up the tool belt, the Eagles easily could have nested, but instead, we chose to press forth. Nearly everyone hit the gym before heading out on the town. The long afternoon was tiring but thought-provoking. It began with a stop at the Louisiana State Museum. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the museum has an extensive exhibit on Katrina, which included videos, artifacts and an in-depth timeline of the flooding, devastation and subsequent emergency response in Southeast Louisiana during August and September of 2005. The footage gave me a clearer vision of what happened and made more real the devastation this area suffered.

Next, the group grabbed dinner in the French Quarter before heading to the New Orleans Arena to watch the Dallas Mavericks and the newly-renamed New Orleans Pelicans. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs to a convincing victory - but it was still the most exciting Pelicans game we've ever been to! The mild evening concluded with the whole group enjoying each other's company along Bourbon Street. Overall, it was a packed day and for all of us, which was the only way to do it.

Back to Boston in the morning.

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