It’s been a year since I sat in my graduation robes at UNH as a liberal arts undergraduate, and I can’t say I pictured myself going back for my Master’s so soon, but a few weeks ago, I was accepted into a program at Lesley University. Most of my motivation and reasoning in applying for this program had a lot to do with my experience as an AmeriCorps *VISTA with Massachusetts Campus Compact this past year. I was thrown headfirst into a professional environment at a community college in Gardner, MA, where I focused on building academic partnerships between the college and non-profit organizations in the Central MA region, and am still working on structuring a way to streamline online reporting for volunteer hours. Starting this coming fall, the foundation I leave behind will allow for around 200 students each semester to step into their communities and complete service learning projects for college credit and professional experience in social services. My AmeriCorps service is not only benefitting this community, but it has allowed me to grow and explore my passion for community work and future career options, leading me to my next big step in life as a graduate student.
Mount Wachusett Community College