Monday, April 16, 2012
I spent December through March temping at a financial agency downtown. During that time I applied to 70 jobs at non-profits in the Greater Boston area, and interviewed at 11 companies. It's a competitive job market right now, and it was frustrating for me to find out from employers that I was up against 50 to 200 candidates in some cases. For one position I was actually turned down after a second-round interview because the employer felt I was "too enthusiastic." In all seriousness, it's rough out there. Finally, I was offered 2 jobs, and accepted one at a company called Education Development Center, a non-profit research and development organization in Waltham, MA. I started the position last Monday as a full time admin assistant, working on projects associated with the national Head Start program. I also just recently moved into an apartment close to my new office, and have been using the last few months to reconnect with close friends who I missed like crazy during my year away from home.
Joining the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps was one of the best decisions I've ever made for myself. I traveled across areas of the U.S. I would have never otherwise had a reason to visit. My team built trails in Ohio, re-finished a community pool in Iowa, left pre-schoolers in Michigan with fun memories (hopefully imparting some knowledge along the way!) and helped flood victims in North Dakota rebuild their lives. I pushed myself to the limit, physically and emotionally, learning what it really means to be a leader. Sometimes I did a less-than-stellar job and cracked under the pressure. Other times I felt on top of the world, pushing myself and my team to do our best work. Between the other team leaders, campus staff, members of Maple 4, sponsor organizations, and local residents, I made life-long connections with fabulous, talented people across the nation. I acquired new levels of confidence, patience and flexibility that I would have laughed at pre-AmeriCorps. Don't get me wrong, I still have serious road rage. haha But after dealing with various AmeriDramas, living out of a small red bag, sleeping in a basement with 10 people, and seeing the level of need around the country, some disappointments/interpersonal conflicts/material possessions etc. just don't seem as as important. And no matter how hard it got during the year, I would always remind myself that I was going to miss this damn experience when it ended. And I do. So much. And although I know I will go on to do other great things in life, NCCC has left an impression on me that will be a difficult act to follow. Adios, AmeriCorps. I'll miss the hell out of you.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
In other news, I am currently participating in a bocce league with my friends Tyler, Kate and Lisa. It's once a week at a downtown Boston bar and is played with Nerf balls. Mostly just an excuse to hang out with friends, meet new people, and drink. haha! I've also been reading on my Kindle much more than I ever had a chance to in AmeriCorps. Hunger Games is just as good as everyone says. And I strongly suggest you check out the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin ASAP. I already thought Benny Franks was a certified badass, and this book confirmed my suspicions. Benny was responsible for the first volunteer fire company and public library. He was a statesman, printer, inventor, scientist, flexitarian, and self-made man if there ever was one. There is actually some controversy out there about Mr. Franklin and whether or not he was a womanizing drunk heathen. I prefer to believe he was a forward-thinking philanthropist, but I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. Recently came across a statue of him in the neighborhood where he was born and was pretty excited, having just finished the book.
Anywhoo, I'm thinking my future posts will not be with much regularity. My plan is to post an update once I get a job, and then say a fond farewell to this blog that I have loved so much. I created this as a place to record my feelings and memories as I went through the NCCC process, and I feel like starting a new job would mean that my AmeriExperience had really come to a close.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Recently my bro Chris bought a $5 flute called a “sweet potato.” Upon finding out that he has become quite the self-taught flautist, I demanded a private concert. Halfway through the performance, his phone rang. Of course I took the reigns and did the best I could, as his big sister, to be as annoying as possible. Video courtesy of Don Don the Mom.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The tree farm had hay rides, hot apple cider, a bonfire and even holiday emus! It's also possible that I tripped and fell over a wagon hitch at one point.
Friday, December 9, 2011
My dad and step mom's new dog, Katana. The friendliest pitbull I've ever been acquainted with.
Fellow team leader D.J.'s dog, Oscar. Very cute. Very old. Scraggly hair. Best dog in Connecticut.
Christina's 3 labs are New Hampshire's finest. I also got a chance to meet her friend Nicole's collection of pets that includes 2 huskies and a cat named General O'Mally. There are photos floating around of me wearing her birds like a pirate.
I just realized that I neglected my mom's cat Nubster. But he's more like a human anyway, so we'll give him his own post later.