Fighting Poverty with Passion
It is the end of my term. I can’t believe that it has arrived. These past three month have come and gone so quickly it is hard for me to grasp. When I first accepted this position I didn’t know what to expect exactly. When I first applied to the Tulane AmeriCorps program I was interested in being a regular VISTA. When Michael told me they didn’t have any openings for the regular VISTA program but where recruiting for a VISTA Leader and was wondering if I would be interested in that position I was taken back for a moment. After reflecting on my first year where I didn’t necessarily have the support of a supervisor or a relationship with a VISTA Leader, I had learned that having a strong support system is crucial to staying focused and feeling like you are making progress. Thus due to my lack of support inspired me to take this position. I wanted to make sure that this group of individuals that where dedicating a year of their life to service felt like they had someone fighting for them at all times. This year has been both challenging and beneficial.
Challenges: Things I Learned:
Having to repeat myself People like events that involve food
Keeping others organized How to behave better in a Professional setting
Overcoming the fear of asking questions Not to take things personally
Facilitating Reflections Listening is an important tool
Being flexible/ sometimes improvising The more organized you are, the more
Confronting conflicts appreciative people are towards you
This was great year! I have never challenged myself more personally and professionally prior to this. I really enjoyed working with everyone that I met this year and am going to miss them dearly. I have also had the opportunity to explore a field of work that I may end up making my career. Who knew I could kill two birds with one stone! I am so glad and proud that I did two years of AmeriCorps VISTA. I couldn’t ask for a better learning experience and adventure!
-Cassie Lemon, Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, Tulane Center for Public Service