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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Spring Break and college co-eds usually means a ritual of partying and debauchery for many, but a new trend is spreading among college students and drawing out their real talents.

SMU’s Carson James won’t be partying this Spring Break but volunteering her time.

“I’ve always wanted to go to Africa,” says Carson. “I just think it’s really neat to do something different and something that you’re going to remember the rest of your life.”

The pre-med major is packing her bags to Ghana for a week.She’s just one in a trend of countless students across the country choosing volunteerism over beachside parties.

“I’m going to make the best out of it and i’s really excited to go.”

The financing for it all is thanks to crowd funding sources like gofundme.com.

It’s a popular tool where the money comes from strangers.

“My parents didn’t have to pay for anything. I didn’t pay for anything and it’s really cool to see who donates.”

While in Ghana, Carson will be taking her medical knowledge and helping under-served communities.

“You wake up and it might be you go to a leprosy camp to deal with wounds there and teach them how to properly dress them,” explains Carson.

She’s choosing to provide care to others rather than nurse a hang over. And in the process showing her generation of students are just as bright as the lights

“Utilizing every second that you can to do the things that you want to do is really beneficial to yourself and others.”

Carson initially set out to raise $2,000 and exceeded her own goal raising $3,000.

She says when she’s done at s-m-u she’ll be looking to earn a postgraduate degree in the medical field.

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