Published on November 20, 2008
city year and alumni corps meet greet and
Top 10 things I wish I would have known before I started my ten months of intensive community service and leadership development program or
An alumni’s guide to what you should know before you take the city year pledge
Besides a high school diploma, a thorough knowledge of needlework comes in handy for those inconvenient crotch holes in your uniform pants. photo deleted due to explicit nature
When planning for a painting project, Alaskan summer sunset orange marmalade orange paint is not the same as Alaskan summer evening orange marmalade orange paint. (read: revere service day 2008)
Always have a RedEye sudoku or crossword handy for those times when the CTA operator announces that the train will be standing momentarily because momentarily usually means you are going to be late for work. Note: alumni suggest grinding your coffee the night before, and avoiding last minute trips to the corner store before first circle.
Contrary to popular belief, Executive Director Lisa Morrison Butler loves you—
unless you really screw up.
The Idealist Journey doesn’t feel so Idealistic in February. More like Cynical Journey. Note: Alumni refer you to PITW # 33 everything feels like a failure in the middle...
When someone at City Year tells you that “this is a great leadership opportunity...” it usually means that they just don’t want to do it. Note: see Pat Heckel.
Fraternization is overrated. Is one night of inter-positional bliss worth the loss of your Educational Award? Alumni note: It will be that much sweeter at graduation. Remember Cubby Bear? It all goes down June 18th.
Make sure that you go out of your way to be at the office when there is a board meeting. Read: Free Food!
You may not realize it now, but 100 people doing chain breakers in -5 degree weather is a remarkably effective way of getting people to do service, or at least inspire them to wonder: who are these people?
(note: New PT moves made up at corps parties might not be appropriate at Federal Plaza.)
PITW #158 This is hard. Be Strong. just kidding
You have an incredible opportunity this year to make a difference—not only in the lives of children and community members around Chicago, but also in your own. So have fun.
and remember: alumni are a resource to be taken advantage of.
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