For me, it is working with the students face to face and getting to know them. They have made a real impact on me and I will miss them after they move on to high school and college. I will always wonder how they are doing in life as they grow and mature.
Since I was about 7 years old, I knew I wanted to be in a helping profession. I came to CollegeReady with a background in social work, along with many years of doing volunteer work. The school I graduated from did not have a Social Work degree at the time, so I volunteered at places like Literacy Green Bay where I tutored two adult, reading-challenged students and ran workshops to train incoming tutors. I also provided support to victims through The Sexual Assault Center, helped out at the Wildlife Sanctuary, and mentored 2-3 young children at CASA as a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
I think having worked at a variety of different places with lots of different people has helped me better support our diverse group of students.
Summer it’s biking, the rest of the year it would probably be doing some kind of crafting – like quilting, cross-stitch, or maybe putting together a jigsaw puzzle or doing a really challenging crossword puzzle.
Until the last couple of years, I would have said summer because the weather is nice and warm, life seems more relaxed, people are more social and active. But more recently I would have to say Fall. I love the colors, the temperature is getting cooler and you can start wearing sweaters and sweatshirts, football starts, you start smelling the smoke from fires as there is now a chill in the air and people start spending more time inside.