Blogging in Service: Robyn Sedgwick, Back for Round Two

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Blogging in Service: Robyn Sedgwick, Back for Round Two

On August 13, 2015, Posted by , In VISTA Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

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On August 3rd, 2015 I began my second year-long AmeriCorps VISTA term with SALT. During my first year I served as the Preparedness and Public Education Volunteer Coordinator, and for my second year I will be the Grants and Fund Development VISTA.

When I first started the VISTA (volunteers in service to America) program my friends thought that I was crazy; I was moving to a new town where I would make very little money, continuing to defer the payment of my expensive loans and not gaining any experience in my chosen field of study – Historic Preservation. When I told them I was doing a second year several of them, including their mothers, were shocked. Why would I choose to do this a second time? The answer is simple. Being an AmeriCorps VISTA and working at SALT has challenged me in ways I never thought possible. Within one year I have had the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of activities and projects, which have led me to either gain new skills, such as speaking on the phone, conducting community outreach, coordinating volunteers, projects, and donations, or enhancing ones I already possess. I don’t think I would have received these same opportunities or experiences at other jobs. I am truly excited about the opportunities my second year will afford me to continue to enhance and develop my skills. I know that when I am done with my second year I will be well prepared to jump into my career.

In addition to the cultivation of my professional skills, my time at SALT has forced me, in a positive way, to take a look at myself; the person I am, who I want to be, who I can be, and what I want. As a result, I have learned a great deal about myself and have grown more confident, assertive and professional. I’m a better person because of my time at SALT and I will never regret being a VISTA or doing a second year.

Robyn Sedgwick is originally from Hyde Park, NY. She earned her B.A. in American Studies and History with a minor in Historic Preservation from Goucher College in Towson, MD and her Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT.

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