Hey guys, it's Shalyn! In the past month, I’ve finished my second year of service as a VISTA at Delta College, packed up my apartment in Saginaw, moved to Lansing, and started my new position as VISTA Leader at MNA. It has been quite the whirlwind, but I am happy and excited about what this next year will bring.
At Delta College, I was the program manager for a mentoring program called Public Achievement. We partnered with Washington Elementary in Bay City, which is where I realized how much I love working with kids. I’ve even considered going back to school to get my teaching certificate, but that’s down the road, and I find that I want to do something new every day (also, I don’t want to take out anymore student loans). During my time as a VISTA, I also found my passion for service. I was always very service oriented growing up, but doing it full time was a whole new experience. It fueled me and shaped me into the person I am now and I hope everyone in our cohort can find growth, strength, and direction during there year of service. It’s very inspiring being a VISTA Leader and hearing what all of our VISTA’s are doing around this state and it makes me feel like I am a part of something bigger than myself.
My first day as a VISTA Leader was the first day of Post PSO, where I got to meet all of the new VISTAs in our cohort. It was so exciting to get to know everyone and I’m happy I get to serve with all of you this year. I feel as though I am adjusting to my role at MNA well and have so much to learn!
Right now I’ve just finished up my check in calls with all of my VISTA’s and am leaving for VISTA Leader training this week, which is in (near) Denver, CO. Once I get back from training, Maggie and I will start doing our site visits with the VISTAs, which is where we come and visit your host site and meet with you and your supervisor to talk about all of the things that you are working on (and also take you out to eat!). Meanwhile, we are also beginning to plan our regional training, which you all will be attending in November.
This year has gotten off to a great start and I can’t wait for what’s in store!
Each blog post was written by one of our VISTAs!