As my year as a MACC VISTA is coming to a close, I realize that I have grown both professionally and personally. I stepped out of my comfort zone on numerous occasions, this is where I learned that sometimes we just have to push through the uncomfortable moments to experience the greatest growth. This year of service has given me the opportunity to have a better understanding of who I am on a deeper level and a better understanding of my professional goals.
My major focus over this year was launching a new program called “SLiCE” Student Leaders in Civic Engagement. This dynamic group of student leaders came from very different backgrounds. Some had a great deal of life experience while others did not. I learned the importance of meeting people where they are. There isn’t one style of teaching or supporting people that works for everyone. I also learned the importance of taking time to reflect, even when time is limited. Reflection can help a person understand the deeper message. In this fast paced world we live in, we tend to keep pushing forward without allowing ourselves to appreciate what we have accomplished along the way.
I am very grateful to have served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA because I have learned a great deal about myself and the differences that can impact the success and failures of a program. I learned that I can adapt and overcome the not so good moments. Most importantly I learned the power of positive thinking. I am grateful for the lessons learned and the strong bonds that were made along this journey.
“When you squeeze an orange, you’ll always get orange juice to come out. What comes out is what’s inside. The same logic applies to you: when someone squeezes you, puts pressure on you, or says something unflattering or critical, and out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, tension, depression, or anxiety that is what’s inside. If love and joy are what you want to give and receive, change your life by changing what’s inside.” – Wayne W. Dyer