Help me save the gators!

Help me save the gators!

In June 2014, I will be traveling to the Everglades national park with some of my amazing UConn MPA classmates. Once we’re in Florida, we’ll be participating in environmental stewardship activities, like trail clearing and invasive species removal. Our work in the Everglades will help keep the park in good condition. As a public policy student, this is a great opportunity to see environmental policy in practice!

The catch? Since we started organizing this event at the beginning of the year, each of us needs to raise money to cover costs for the  trip. As a graduate student, my funds are limited.  Since my time at Holy Cross, I’ve always wanted to go on a service trip, but never had the funds or the courage. This may be my last opportunity to go on one.

Everything I raise will go directly towards airfare, food, gas, housing, and other costs associated with the trip.  Once I reach my fundraising goal, I will close the donation page.

Thank you so much for your help! The alligators will appreciate it!

Officially an AmeriCorps Alum

Hello from sunny Florida! I’m currently on vacation for the first time in 2 years. My family and I are enjoying Disney World, one park at a time. More to come on that. I officially ended my VISTA Leader term on Friday. The end was bittersweet–I absolutely loved my work as VISTA Leader. I have worked with some truly amazing people, and I have grown so much , personally and professionally. Let me just say that it sucks to leave a job (and coworkers)that you truly enjoy. I made an infographic about my VISTAs progress over their service terms. As a result of their efforts, we recruited more volunteers, raised more funds, developed partnerships, and ultimately served more students over the course of the year. Our project has really made a difference in New Haven, and for that I’m proud. Last Wednesday, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro announced our grant expanding the project to 21 VISTAs. We got some press and I got to hug Rosa DeLauro. Talk about ending on a high note! That being said, knowing what I am about to do next has really helped me deal with the transition. I start school and my graduate assistant position in a little over a week. I’m just pumped for this next adventure.

Waiting game

Submitted my second and final graduate application to UConn last night!

I went to the MPA Open House a couple weeks ago and that gave me the final push to submit the application.  I love the program–it’s heavy on quant courses (read: math, finance, etc) in the first semester, but the courses are geared more at bringing everyone up to speed on quant, which is perfect for me (as a former history major who hasn’t taken math since high school calculus).  And if I get in I can take courses at the law school.  JUST LET ME KNOW ALREADY, OK?

Now it’s just time for me to wait…which is probably the worst part of the whole process. If the price is right and I get in to both schools, the decision will be tough.  

new year!

  • Spent New Year in New Haven with some of my favorites. 
  • Finished February recruiting unscathed at work, and currently counting down the minutes until summer recruitment begins in a few weeks
  • Got the flu even though I actually got the flu shot this year
  • Wrote a guide to filling out the AmeriCorps online application that our State Program Director liked!
  • Found the speaker for our Public Speaking statewide training next month!
  • May have also gotten reduced priced lunches for that event!
  • Filling out grad apps. One down (Brandeis), one to go (UConn)
  • RA Dickey traded to the Blue Jays. At least he can wear his Jose Reyes shirt again without it being too weird (this also means I’m rooting for the Jays to win the AL East this year)