I want to first thank you for making the choice to join City Year. Since you got through the application process, and were picked to serve with CYNH, I know you had a lot of different options and opportunities for this year of your life. Thanks for choosing this one. Truth is like most things in life you will get out every bit what you put into this experience. I am suggesting you give it all you got from day one. A wise City Year staff member told me that ten months is roughly 1% of your life. With that being such a small percentage… you don’t really have any time to waste. When I moved to New Hampshire from Orlando, FL and joined the corps I didn’t really know what was coming. In case you are feeling the same way I have included a short list for you to read.
As a City Year corps member you can expect…
…to have fun…to make some of the best friends you’ve ever had …to be exhausted at times…to feel good about the work you’ve done…to learn a lot about others and yourself…to find out just how strong your sense of humor really is…to be frustrated at times…to work hard…to laugh…to do some things you’d never do in front of your home friends – and to love it…to gain more from this experience than you thought you would – much more…to occasionally wonder why you are here…to work very long hours…to learn…to feel needed…to have a different view of life than before you came…to grow…to live in close quarters with others who will be different than you…to test your vulnerability…to test your creativity…to test your sensitivity…to be expected to follow rules – even though you don’t agree with all of them…to experience something those at home will never quite understand, no matter how long you talk about it…to do things you never thought you’d be able to…to feel like you’ve done your share – and still to be expected to do more…to make a huge difference in other people’s lives…to cry when it’s time to say good-bye…that the money you earn could never adequately pay you for all you do…that when you think you know it all, to be proven wrong…that 10 months will go so slowly and yet so quickly at the same time…that you will be forever changed after this.
Open your mind, open your heart, ask for help when you need it, and enjoy the ride!
Crys Torman CYNH 07-08 & 08-09