Yes, I went off the grid there for awhile. Between recruiting at work, suffering some serious anxiety, and attempting to amp up my fitness routine, my blog fell by the wayside. Here’s some quick updates as to what’s been going on with me:
- Interviewed over 50 candidates and selected 15 VISTAs for our 7 host sites!
- Selected my two successors as VISTA Leader!
- Watched way too many episodes of the Real Housewives (New Jersey and OC)
- Got way too in to Instagram
- Became addicted to Candy Crush Saga (I’m stuck on level 201)
- Facilitated an orientation
- Made a sweet tie dye t shirt at our end of service event
- Celebrated a 100th birthday!
- Registered for grad school classes (best registration ever–did it during the middle of the day and got all my classes with no freezing or cursing)
- Cried about how awful the Mets are
- VISTA missed my pay day
- VISTA finally paid me
- Overheard a hostage situation in my neighborhood (Well, from far away)
- Watched my sister graduate college and my brother graduate high school
- Got a flat tire and purchased a whole new set of tires!
- Went to a German dancing festival
- Marathoned the Office on Netflix.
Now you’re caught up. Feel better?
The past few weeks at work have been crazy busy!
Our newest VISTA member just got approved to start on November 5th, so I have been cobbling together an on site orientation to our project for her. The last orientation had three people in it, so facilitating it wasn’t too awkward. She is the only project VISTA starting that date, so it’ll basically be a one on one orientation. Luckily, I have the materials from previous orientations! I always worry about one on one orientations being awkward, but I think everything should work out ok.
Our project, in partnership with CNCS and Connecticut Campus Compact, coordinated a statewide training for all the Connecticut VISTAs. Out of the 50 Connecticut VISTAs, over 40 showed up! The workshop intended to help VISTAs navigate the cultures of both the communities they serve and their workplaces. Our facilitator, Catherine Blinder, was fabulous. She writes for the Hartford Courant sometimes, and she has a very compelling life story and engaging facilitation style. We got a pretty good response about the training from the VISTAs that I talked to, so I chalk it up as success.
I was in charge of securing some food donations, and Subway came through in a major way for us by providing sandwich platters for 50 people. I felt really great about successfully getting an in kind donation! I had never done it before, so the success was a real confidence booster for me.
We’ll be coordinating a few more statewide trainings this program year, so it felt great to have the first one be so successful!
I am also tabling at the Hamden High School Career Fair and participating in an adult spelling be at one of our partners on Friday. Basically, I’ve been busy, but I feel great about it!