The past eight months at my host site, Alma College, have been full of immense personal growth. I have created a productive morning routine and I have learned how to cook cheaply and deliciously. I have figured out how to get things done early rather than at the last minute. I have unapologetically taken risks in the way things are done here. I have realized that nothing is impossible, or rather anything is possible. I’ve realized that as long as I’m making art, I’ll be okay and I’ve realized that everything about what we do as VISTAs is making art. The ability to work with all sorts of people, to think ahead and basically live a life that is always searching to be better, a searching that finds solutions where others might not see them, a searching that regularly attempts to purge the negative and outdated ways of doing things. I came in thinking I knew what I was doing, and at this point, all I can say is I was very wrong. This has been a learning process and I have gotten very comfortable not being comfortable. For us here the school year is ending, so for me that means a shift in my VAD and a shift in my daily routine. It means continuous change and adaptation in what I do and the happenings of this campus.
Since my last blog post I have been doing a lot of college access events and creating programing for my students from Detroit. It has been rewarding in many ways and challenging in others. I have dealt with a complete switch in my supervisor that turned out to be a hidden blessing. I have struggled with student engagement, but the impact when students do engage has been priceless. I look forward to finding out what the next few months hold for me and my host site.
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