Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Waiting Game

Doug Hale is the Assistant Director of Selection and Placement for AmeriCorps NCCC. 

Doug served with Class 9 out of the former
Charleston, SC campus, and as a team leader
with Class 15 out of the Pacific Region.
When I was waitlisted before my corps year, I thought I had no chance of getting into NCCC.  My friends told me that a waitlist offer was just a polite way of NCCC staff telling me, “thanks, but no thanks.”  My parents told me to “Keep your chin up—you could still get an invitation to join,” but the uncertainty in their eyes undermined their comforting words.  I trudged to my noon-to-nine shift at the outlet mall each day, wondering what my future would hold.

It’s been ten years since then, and you now live in a time when (unlike me) you don’t need to wait for the postman to get info.  I know what it’s like to be in that hopeful yet uneasy position on the Waitlist, and now that I’m the person at NCCC responsible for corps member offers, it’s my turn to tell you to keep your chins up.  While we do randomly select applicants from the Waitlist, and we can’t guarantee you a spot, there’s still a very real possibility of you getting called to serve, as additional NCCC spots become available.

Here’s what you should do:

·         -Turn in your medical and legal clearance paperwork.
o   (You’ll only receive an invitation from the Waitlist if we can process your clearances.)
·         -Follow us and stay active with our social media sites.
o   (The more info you have, the more prepared you’ll be for a call to serve with NCCC.)
·         -Know that you could receive an invitation to serve up until the day members arrive on         campus.
o   (Stay flexible!)
·         -Hang in there!

I hope to see you on campus this Fall 2014!

If you have any questions about the Waitlist or serving with AmeriCorps NCCC, please email us at

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