By Brooklynn Martinez

Where did you attend school?

I went to Eastmoor Academy for high school, and went on to study in Granville, Ohio at Denison University. I majored in Educational Studies.

What were you involved with at Denison?

I was involved in a lot. I did Big Brothers Big Sisters. I also joined the basketball team my freshman year. Starting my sophomore year I walked onto the football team. It was my first time ever playing football-- I played wide receiver. I loved it so I played the rest of college.  One thing I learned while playing football was the value of teamwork. I had never experienced teamwork before, so it brought about a dynamic that was new to my life.

Why did you join City Year, and how did you hear about it?

I was first introduced to City Year by a professor of mine, which motivated me to look into it and I thought it was a great way to give back to the community I’ve always been a part of. I also wanted to explore career options. I wanted to be a teacher, but I wasn’t 100% sure. City Year will help me figure that out.

What is the biggest challenge so far working with students?

So far, building relationships with students has been the hardest. They know you care, they know you want to build a relationship with them, but they are so resistant to new faces. It definitely makes my job a lot harder.

What are your LACY  (Leadership After City Year) plans?

I want to start my own non-profit organization helping students experience different cultures. I’m still trying to figure out the details but I know I definitely want an after-school program.

What is your life motto?

Don’t grow up so fast that you forget about the kid inside of you. Life is full of adventures. 

Brennan Waters, 22, was born on November 6th, 1992 in Columbus, Ohio. He serves as a first year corps member at Linden McKinley STEM Academy. He lives in Southeast Columbus with his mother, Kim. 

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