VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - More than two dozen college students from the Northeast began a week-long effort Monday to build a home for a Valdosta resident in need. It was part of Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program.
The 30 students from Georgetown and Quinnipiac Universities could have decided to hit the beaches for their Spring Break, but they decided to hit some nails instead. One of those students was Georgetown junior Will Fonseca.
"At the end of the week, you do feel a little bit better about yourself than just going and wasting a week of your life on a beach," said Fonseca.
This was Will Fonseca's third year of participating in Georgetown's alternative Spring Break program and helping Habitat for Humanity build homes.
He said even though this may not seem like much of an actual break, for him it is. "I feel like I get out," Fonseca said. "I don't have to think about things and worry about things. I can just hammer nails like we've been doing this morning."
Gianna Costantino, a junior at Quinnipiac University, said she loves doing community service projects and had been looking forward to the opportunity to participate in a Habitat for Humanity build.
"I love seeing something substantial, something concrete with my efforts. So, this is definitely something that I can see the work that I'm putting in," Costantino explained.
And while the tunes from the radio at the construction site helped everyone feel good while they worked, Costantino said the work itself made her feel just as good.
"I guess it's pride and generosity and that warm feeling that you get inside when you do something good," said Costantino. "It makes you feel good."
The week of March 16th, 20 students from the University of New Hampshire were expected to continue working on the home and also begin work on a second home.