My long list of favorite tools began one summer toward the end of college. I was a year away from getting my Interior Design Degree and needed to do an internship that would blend the years of Architecture and Design courses I'd completed with some real life experience. There were not too many firms hiring for money, or even for free the summer that I needed the internship.
I approached the Dean of my Architecture College and submitted a proposal that I go and actually BUILD something and HELP people instead of just sitting in some tiny office in a big city all summer.
It got approved and I packed up and took a trip with 3 other girls to New Orleans, Louisiana. This was a year or so after Hurricane Katrina hit the city.