tuesday was my 4-week anniversary here. we received our team roles and i am (drumroll) assistant team leader and capper (e.g. nccc recruiter). in light of this information, i thought i'd better interview myself about life as an ameriwhorps.
q: what item are you most thankful for bringing?
a: my water-resistant tennis shoes. they make playing soccer, frisbee, running, or just playing outside far more enjoyable during this, the raining/snowy season.
q: interesting. what item has proved most pointless then?
a: hmmm...to date, my travel sized shampoo. i haven't needed it yet, and i think stores across the country carry them.
q: last packing question. what item do you most regret leaving behind?
a: most of my music. there is so much music i'd love to share with my amerifriends, and i've missed it as a means for unwinding at the end of the day.
q: what has surprised you most about your nccc experience so far?
a: how separate it feels from the rest of the world. i really miss feeling more connected to what's going on in the news, politics, movies/music, friends, family, etc. on the other hand, it feels like i happened into this secret and magical utopia, which is pretty sweet.
q: what has surprised you most about yourself as a corps member?
a: i care a lot more about...everything than i thought. turns out i do have feelings - and strong ones - about how the world should work and how people should behave.
q: interesting. is that a good or a bad thing?
a: uhhhh....a little of both. it's like discovering new feelings on fast-forward. each time i stumble into another opinion, i consider, "is that who i want to be? is that how i want to respond?" sometimes the answer's, "yes". and sometimes the answer is, "don't talk about it!" or another inadvertent tantrum.
q: k. we're almost out of time here so one last question. any more thoughts on life after americorps?
a: yes, and the answer is constantly changing. however, i'm strongly considering coming back for a second year as a team leader.
q: that good, huh?
a: well, it's still early on, and i loathe commitment. but...yeah. i think i still have a lot to learn here, and this whole amerilife deal is pretty addicting. we'll see, ya know?
q: oh, i know. well, thank you for your time, ms. amerisparklepants.
a: no, thank you. it's been a pleasure.
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