This guest post is by Taryn Glynn, an incoming corps member who will be serving with City Year New York.
I went home that night and must have watched every Youtube video City Year ever made. I read the website, surfed the blog, read (and reread) the Founding Stories. By the next morning, I knew exactly where I wanted to be this time next year. And now, one year later – here I am.
For me, City Year was a chance to do something. I was at St. John’s pursuing an education degree, so not only was I familiar with the issues surrounding education nationally, but I was quite familiar with the education system in New York City. I had seen the closing down and reopening of a failing school. I had heard from those students and walked with those teachers. City Year was an opportunity to be a part of the change and to truly have a first-hand impact on students’ lives.
The City Year mission spoke to me in a simple, straight-forward way: to give every student the chance to succeed. I wanted to take the challenge of that mission on. Plus, City Year would give me experiences that would inevitably benefit me for my future as a teacher in New York City. The interactions I have during City Year will help to develop my personal mission to become a teacher and impact the way I teach and interact with my own students when I have a classroom of my own.
Now that I’m about to begin my City Year, I cannot wait to be introduced to my teammates. City Year brings together an incredibly diverse and unique group of people – who wouldn’t be thrilled to be a part of that team? More importantly, I’m excited for that first moment of success; when the light goes on and everything we’re working on clicks for one of my students. That moment will live with me forever.
I am excited because I will only have so many chances in my life to be a part of something like this. Because I want to help these students achieve. Because I want to serve. I want to be the chance that these students deserve.