My AmeriCorps VISTA term is almost up and I couldn’t be happier with how this year has gone! Going into this position almost a year ago, I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew my VAD, but what I didn’t realize was how many professional development opportunities I would be presented with outside of my VAD.
Last year at this time I was honestly proud of my resume. As an involved and experienced recent college graduate, I thought I had a lot of great information listed for potential employers to look at. Now I look back at that resume and think differently of it. Yes, I did have a lot of great information listed, but nothing in comparison to what this year has given me.
As a MNA VISTA at a United Way, I was presented with many professional development opportunities, most of which I eagerly took advantage of: conferences, workshops, webinars, volunteer opportunities, etc. I now feel much more confident to go out into the real world because of the new knowledge, experience and perspectives I have gained throughout this year.
During this year I was not only a Michigan Nonprofit Association Civic Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA through the LEAGUE Michigan at the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region (talk about a long title, right!?!) who assisted with service-learning projects and educational grants, but I was also an event volunteer coordinator, a mentor programmer, a life enrichment volunteer, a grant review team member, a college positive volunteer, an animal socializer, a reading buddy, and so much more! I have learned so much in each and every one of the roles I have played this year and am so grateful to have been given so many opportunities through being a VISTA!
Best of luck to all of my co-VISTAs,
Each blog post was written by one of our VISTAs!