Survival Kit

Hey Corps Members! How you feelin’?

At this point, those of you reading this probably half-heartedly mumbled “fired up” while you rubbed your hands together for warmth.

It’s February. It’s cold. You’re tired. Maybe you just got interim grades that were not particularly inspiring. 6:45 seems earlier and earlier in the morning each time the alarm goes off. I get it. Believe me, I do!

But as a second year corps member, I am here to tell you, promise you, that it is going to get better. You may be suffering from a seasonal disorder known as the City Year Flu (Which is occasionally accompanied by an actual flu. Feel better, guys.), but all is not lost! Here are the eight things you need to survive the winter doldrums.

1. Marbles
photo by Sahlan Hayes

Some people are going to accuse you of having lost them. Prove them wrong no matter what by keeping them on you at all times!

2. Vitamin D
photo by Changing for Health

On a serious note, we really don’t see the sun that much. It hasn’t woken up yet when we head to service, and then we kind of wave at it on the drive home. It’s important to remember that being in the dark really does affect your mood, and take steps to stay healthy.
3. Stickers
photo by Amy Dell

These are a reminder to stick to your goals. They’re also fun. Seriously, put an Angry Birds sticker on your Check-In/Check-Out tracker when a student met the weekly goal and they’ll go nuts.

4. Tea
product from FoodBeast

I am not a coffee drinker, but I am a huge advocate for tea. It tastes great, comes in all different flavors and is great for sore throats and your mood!

5. An Eraser
photo by Kalin Plante
To wipe away your mistakes.

6. White out
Because let’s be honest, sometimes you make the above mistakes in pen and an eraser won’t cut it.
7. Something to look forward to.
photo by Kid President
Expecting a gift or being excited for something has a positive effect on your mood. Don’t have your boots yet? They’re coming! It’ll be like a present!

8. Tissues
photo by Peaceful Parent
Keep these on hand to wipe away your students’ tears.

Or yours.

… Mostly yours.
-Mirria Martin, second year corps member at Mifflin HIgh School


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