Grace Campos will be returning as a Team Leader for the 2014-2015 school year. In a CYCO blog exclusive, she shares some advice and wisdom for incoming corps members.
As an incoming Corps member, you have just signed up to serve a cause greater than yourself. Give yourself a solid high-five. This experience is going to be exciting, life changing, and might even be the most difficult thing you will ever do in your life… But it’s all going to be worth it.
However, before all that, I want to expose you to some facts in the life of a service warrior.
First of all, you will form a new kind of family filled with laughter, support, misunderstandings, and miscommunications. Additionally, realize that you will be working with a diverse group of people with different levels of professionalism. Keep an open heart and an open mind. Also, life will be easier if you are organized. There will be a lot of paper shuffling and due dates are nonnegotiable. You think you know yourself? Think again. Prepare to discover your personality. Student, staff, fellow corps members, and your manager will definitely push you to your limits. Personally, I love a good pen. Do you as well? Prepare to lose it. Accept that your social life will consist of your fellow corps members. In other aspects, always remember that you will be highly recognized by people in and out of City Year, learn to keep your feet on the ground. Lastly, City Year experience is what you put into it; expect to expand your comfort zone and at the end of the day, success is how you define it.
I look forward to serving with you soon!
– Grace Campos, Senior Corps Member 2014-2015, the CSX team at South High