I was anxious to set out on our first project of our year of service in the NCCC. I didn't really know what to expect coming into the Corps but I was definitely excited about the adventure and experience to ensue. Though the housing wasn't what I had subconsciously imagined, it quickly became a welcome sight to sore eyes after working five days a week at the construction site from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Though learning the general tricks and tools of the worksite has been a trial in itself, everyday has been one of rewarding accomplishment and educational experience. (It’s always interesting dressing up as the Village People everyday for work.)
Getting to know my team has been an interesting experience in itself. Ashley is an ideal Team Leader who has visible encouragement and motivational traits. I can’t say enough about how much easier a transition she has made this for my team and myself, relocating from state to state and so on. The Water 4 team is quite a diverse team to say the least, regarding personality, tastes, and ethnicity. Though everyone has their own quirks and faults, it's extremely encouraging to see all the obstacles we can overcome by working together and the general sense of encouragement that spreads through everyone. Aside from that we work really well together, we have a lot of fun (dancing in the streets, Ameri-dates, and going to New Orleans for Thanksgiving), and the team dynamics change noticeably with the absence of even one member; we’re a makeshift group but a family none-the-less. So far Colorado, the travel to spike, and Louisiana has been an extremely rewarding experience. I love exploring new states and really enjoy the community work that we've done thus far. I'm discovering a new sense of excitement for tomorrow.