PITW #159: This is hard.
Five months into my service, it’s safe to say that City Year is one the hardest but most rewarding things I’ve ever done. Every day I wake up and go to Linden McKinley STEM Academy (LMSA) and follow my cohort of 9th graders from class to class. Power greeting, attendance check-ins, push-ins, pull-outs, tracking data, every day has the same premise, but every day is a little different. Every day has its own trials and tribulations. Every day has its own silver lining.
I’m sure most of the corps would agree that sometimes there are days when PITW #159 rings especially true. Nearly halfway through our service year, we’ve all seen a lot, learned a bunch, and felt the crushing pressure of trying to help our students however we can.
I’m writing today to talk about the second part of this PITW, “be strong”. Seems easier said than done sometimes. One of the things that helps me stay strong is thinking back to why I decided to join City Year in the first place. My personal motivations came from my desire to work in a school with students and I wanted to do something to help my adopted Columbus community.
When I think about my service from that perspective, I can see that I’ve met and exceeded these initial goals by a landslide. Every day I wake up and go to a school. Every day I help my students. I’ve met so many wonderful people from the LMSA and greater Linden community. It warms my heart to think that I have the privilege of making a difference here. Though I may never see the cathedral that we’re building, I am so glad both to be a part of building it and to get to know the other people working on it.
Sometimes all it takes is a little perspective to realize that, though there’s much to get done and the greater mission is so critically important, just being part of the process is amazing. It’s easier to be strong when you know it’s all worth it in the end.
— Darcy McCarthy, First year Corps Member of the ATT Team at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy