The time was approaching – my undergraduate graduation. Like most 22 year olds in that position, panic was setting in: “What was I thinking, majoring in liberal arts?!”
|Alyssa exploring Colorado at the |
Red Rocks Amphitheater
|CCC Monument at Red Rocks |
Amphitheater near Denver, CO
|Exploring Walnut Canyon, near Flagstaff, Arizona|
I applied to NCCC, wanting to make a difference and find a connection to my nation, and to my grandfather as well. I was accepted as part of Class 18 at the Southwest Region campus in Denver, and my service was underway!
Through NCCC, I worked in Joplin, Missouri assisting with disaster relief efforts during the six-month anniversary of the May 2011 tornados. My team also served in Farmington, New Mexico, working with the Boys and Girls Club, and also at the Marycrest Assisted Living Home in Denver, Colorado. Our final adventure was a split project: one month spent in Yuma, Arizona repairing and painting outdoor awnings for the city, and the second month living in the mountains of northern Arizona working for the National Park Service.
I can easily say that being a part of NCCC was one of the most rewarding, yet challenging, experiences of my life thus far. It made me the person I am today.
I owe my team building and handi-work skills, as well as my confidence as an adult, to my service.
|Alyssa and her team, Earth 3, in front of a building they painted in Yuma, Arizona|
I would be a much different person today, if not for my service and the lessons I learned