August 2011 - Reflection

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My first month as a second year AmeriCorps College Guide is complete and I can already hardly believe the differences. The first week here consisted almost entirely of training. We had a real host site orientation, which even included information and training that applied specifically to the two second year members. I felt very lost my first week here last year. I was very unsure I would learn everything needed to perform this job to my high standards. The majority of my first month was spent sitting in my office reading everything I could find about the school and trying to pick up as much of the lingo and procedures of the college that I could find. Though I have already spent a year on this campus, I did learn a lot of very useful information during the training sessions I attended this month.

This year is really a time of new faces and new beginnings. The college has welcomed several new employees, including a new president, and that means changes. I am very excited about the prospect of continuous improvement and the possibilities that will open as the college continues under new leadership.

A large part of the change is the fact that I will be working in a new position this year. It's hard to believe the first month is already over for a number of reasons. I have been far busier than I had ever imagined, and I have yet to advise my first student! I am really looking forward to this year as my interests in Higher Education revolve mostly around selective admissions and I will be working mostly with PSEO/DE/EEP students. I do, however, worry about being able to finish everything as I am already extremely busy. On top of my work/service duties I am also looking into graduate schools and about to begin the application process. This means that I am able to sleep when I'm lucky. I think this year has the potential to be even more wonderful than last, but I do hope things slow down a little soon.

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