2011 Year In Review: March – December

So I’ve been in Ohio for the holidays and a much deserved break. What I didn’t realize when I started my Year In Review series was that my access to the internet and writing time here would be spotty at best. I’ve decided to put the rest of the months into one post so that…

2011 Year In Review: February

February was filled with some weird ups and downs for me but it was overall a good month. Maybe I’ll start with the ‘downs’. At my job there are grants that you can apply for in order to fund your innovative idea. In my first year I used this really cool literacy curriculum that played…

2011 Year In Review: January

With just about 12 days left before the new year I’ve decided to follow Megan by completing my own year in review. Over the next 12 days I’ll post highlights from this past year – and boy was there a lot! Let’s get started…

Lessons from the Idealist’s Journey

I have recently embarked on my third year serving with a fantastic organization that has been steadily gaining traction over the past 22 years: City Year. I think back to 2 years ago with an ever-impending deadline approaching (college graduation) and not having the most clear idea regarding what I wanted to do with my…

Coming Back

I remember when I first walked in to the City Year San José/Silicon Valley office on W. Santa Clara Avenue in San José. The feeling of welcome, happiness, and most importantly belonging. I knew that I would want to stay with this organization for a long time.   I began my first year of service…

Five Things Friday

Work has again gotten the best of me. With 30-ish days left in this tour of service things have picked up at an alarming speed. With that said, I wanted to get back into the blogging routine with a Five Things Friday post; 5 things that are going on for me this week. 1. iPhone…

For when you’re in “the middle” (via asktheintp)

Articulate. Poignant. To the point. The other day I was jamming to Pandora and had a throwback-to-high-school moment when “The Middle,” came on, by Jimmy Eat World. I was listening to the lyrics and contemplating the things going on in my life right now, and a fresh understanding of the song washed over me. "It's…

Shutting Down…

For some reason our government cannot figure out money issues this year. For the past few months we’ve heard endless debates about Obama’s proposed budget, funding cuts to essential programs, and miscellaneous issues. We’re now entering a crucial point of uncertainty, a place that we haven’t been in the past 15 years: a government shutdown.

Job Hunting Edition

In the past few months I have embarked on a job hunt of epic proportions. When I started, I didn’t have a clear idea of where to start or which websites were reputable hubs. After 3+ months of site-crawling I’ve compiled my list of 5 websites that will be essential to your search. Idealist This…

Helping Our Students (Re)write Their Stories

This is a blog post I wrote back in November that was featured on the City Year San José blog. In today’s data-driven education climate, it is often easy to lose the human aspect of what City Year Corps Members, teachers and school administrators signed up to do this year; to help reduce the achievement gap….

Getting Equal (Healthcare)

We don’t know nearly enough about the health outcomes of the LGBT community. In fact we know nearly nothing at all. Recently the National Institutes for Health (NIH) put out a request to the Institute of Medicine (IoM) to find out exactly how much is known about LGBT health. The answer? Not a whole lot….