It is my ninth month of service at Lawrence Tech University and I can say that things are going great. I’ve been able to train more diligently in resume critiques and mock interviews here and data entry and resume critiques at Michigan Works in Southfield. Being in this professional atmosphere has opened my eyes to not only a new and challenging environment, but has helped me establish some great connections and new friendships.
This year, I was able to participate in and make presentations at many events; one being on a panel at Lawrence Tech’s “Future Fair”, providing students post-graduation opportunities and direction in their future plans. I represented the MNA AmeriCorps VISTA Program where I was able to promote our wonderful organization. I learned about other organizations and their purposes through the participation of the Air Force, Teach for America, Peace Corps, Michigan State University School of Law, Wayne State University Grad School, to name a few. It was a great experience and I am thankful for that opportunity. It gave me perspective of my plans after AmeriCorps and the various options I have.
Other presentations I have made have focused on Resume Writing and “Dress for Success”, hosted by Student Housing on LTU’s campus and the SCHOLARS program ( a program for high school seniors to experience college life through college living and classes). I am learning so much about both communities I am serving and what they need. I love the experience.
Attending the Diversity Conference, compliments of the Dean of Students at Lawrence Tech, was one of the most remarkable experiences I’ve had. I was able to hear some spoken word from a Hispanic hip hop star, Michael Reyes, and some intriguing conversation on topics such as diversity, race, religion, and stereotypes, giving me insight on how we should never judge anyone and always lend a helping hand.
In conclusion, I love my supervisors, Margaret Pierce at Lawrence Tech and Eileen Bagley at Southfield Michigan Works, and all the people I have been working with throughout my VISTA term. They have not only been patient with me, but they are teaching me some very vital information. I can’t wait to see what other projects I will be a part of in the future. Oh, I did some Salsa dancing at Lawrence Tech’s International Week celebration. It was amazing!
Each blog post was written by one of our VISTAs!