What or who inspired you to join Americorps?
Having friends who had served in AmeriCorps before me was a significant part of my joining; knowing the Corp’s philosophy and what I might be able to expect from a year of service made me confident I could face the challenges that came with the position.
I was also influenced by my conflicting personalities--an inclination toward introversion and a simultaneous need to be out in the world helping others. Being self aware of how my personality might clash with the need to be an outspoken, vehement, and active leader, teacher, team member, and advocate was nerve racking.
But finding an AmeriCorps program that was steeped in my interests and with a mission statement I believe wholeheartedly made overcoming my shyer tendencies easier when accepting a position I knew would come with obstacles that contrasted with who I am as a person.
Something you love to do and or most people don't know about you?
Most people know that I love to read and write and always have since I’ve been able to do either. Most people don’t know that this constant desire to read anything and everything put in front of me has lead to all sorts of hobbies and passions outside of the written word.
This past year alone I took up photography, bird watching, podcasting, beginning to learn Spanish, and picking up a second instrument. All of this traces back to my love of learning; all of which would be nearly impossible without the gift of literacy.