By Seamus McGuire, AmeriCorps Member, Alumni Sponsored Team,
Serving at Parker-Varney Elementary School

City Year is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. Before I began my journey here in Manchester I was worried. I had just graduated from the University of New Hampshire and the thought of finally stepping into the real world was a little daunting to me. However, I knew that I wanted to work with children, and that I also wanted to be part of a team that stood for an idea that was bigger than themselves. City Year turned out to be just the organization I was looking for. After some encouragement from my career advisor and hearing some amazing stories from friends and family I decided to go for it. I can honestly say that my experience so far had been overwhelmingly positive. 

My fellow corps members, the senior corps and staff have shown that we truly care for one another. From the start of the day, City Year members greet each other with smiles and honest questions of, “How are you feeling today?!”(Fired Up). The school day is long and challenging, and some students can be really difficult to reach, but each day there are moments of brilliance and joy. The look on a students face when he/she realizes that they can totally do this math problem, that they thought was impossible, is both breath taking and heart warming. Even better is sharing this moment and hearing of other amazing moments with your fellow corps members. My teammates have been there to hear every word, frustration, success and everything in between. 

The City Year team is unlike anything I have been a part of in the past. We don’t work for money or for self-recognition. We work to serve and help this community to the best of our ability. While our journey may be tough and the challenges may seem impossible at times, we work as a team and we have each other’s backs. If we work together, we can all have an amazing City Year.

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