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Hannah Mulvey Reflects on New Orleans Service Experience

Junior Back Hannah Mulvey

Junior Back Hannah Mulvey

Jan. 30, 2013

Junior Hannah Mulvey was one of 22 Boston College student-athletes who traveled to New Orleans to help rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina as part of the Devlin S-AFE Service Trip. The Eagles worked with the St. Bernard Project to work on a home in the Lower Ninth Ward.

Mulvey recounts her experience:

During the last week of Christmas break, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel down to New Orleans and volunteer with 21 other student-athletes. During the trip, we helped to rebuild a house that had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. We worked on the house every day for five days, starting by insulating the frame of the house and finishing by installing all the drywall.

The work we put into building the house was very time consuming and strenuous, but after we were able to meet the owner and she expressed her gratitude toward our work, the 6 a.m. wakeups did not seem as early and the drywall did not seen as heavy.

While on the trip, we also traveled to the Castle Academy to talk to middle school students about our experiences as student-athletes at Boston College. [Sophomore] Nicole Morris and I spent most of out time trying to explain what field hockey is to the kids because no one in Louisiana had ever heard about it.

Personally, the most rewarding experience from the service trip to Nola was attending the Boys and Girls Club and hanging out with the kids for an afternoon. The kids were amazed by all of the student-athletes on the trip and were so excited to have us help them with their homework and show us the fun games they liked to play. I was also reminded how energetic and exhausting seven year-olds can be!

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do the Devlin S-AFE Service Trip twice. After traveling down to New Orleans the first time and seeing all of the destruction that remained even after seven years, I could help but feel that my work there was not done. Upon returning this time, I was amazed by the accomplishments the St. Bernard Project had done in just over a year. It is an unexplainable feeling you get when you see the difference you are making in a community and I was privileged enough to have the chance to feel it. Overall it was a wonderful opportunity and I hope to be able to do it yet again!

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