As I come to the end of my second VISTA term I can think of no better way to wrap things up than attending the Points of Light Conference in Detroit. It was energizing and motivating to spend three days with so many people working so hard to make our world a better place. I joined AmeriCorps State in 2012 and MNA VISTA in 2014 because I wanted to do meaningful work. I had no idea what an incredibly fulfilling experience it would be. The last four years laid the groundwork for a career in the nonprofit sector.
Within the first hour at the Cobo Center at the beginning of the conference I experienced a “This is your Life in AmeriCorps” moment. I saw so many of the incredible people from around the state that I have had the opportunity to work with during my service. Jeanine Yard and Megan Foresman from the Michigan Community Service Commission, several of my LeaderCorps colleagues, current and former fellow MNA VISTAs, and members of my Leadership With Purpose cohort. My VISTA terms have given me a purpose and direction for my career and a confidence in my abilities and instincts that I honestly don’t think I could have achieved anywhere else.
I left Detroit with a sense of pride and contentment in my accomplishments at the Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College. I am grateful for the training and support from the VISTA Leaders, Program Managers, and my fellow VISTAs. I am excited to see where life leads me next.
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