Fighting Poverty with Passion
Here it is–a new year, a new job, and not to mention a new name! I adopted a new nickname at PSO because there are always so many people named Emily. I figured its fitting for a new chapter of my life. This month has been a blast and a truly enriching experience for me. After attending VISTA orientation in Colorado, I came back to New Orleans with a new invigoration to make a change. I have always felt compelled to lend a hand however I could. At the age of nine, following the events of September 11, I coordinated and held a bake sale for the families of those lost on that day. I have carried that passion with me throughout my life, and it only gets stronger as I begin to comprehend the world around me. This year has been one of tremendous change for me, from graduating college, to relinquishing my vegetarianism for barbecue and fried chicken, to growing half an inch (and reaching 5’0″!) and of course to starting my AmeriCorps VISTA position at Committee for a Better New Orleans.
Overall, I am so grateful for this opportunity. I feel as though I am learning so much at CBNO, from the ins and outs of city government, to the importance of civic engagement. I am also incredibly happy to be part of the Tulane VISTA team because:
That’s all for now! Look for another blog post coming your way next month!