Last Friday, we hosted our first registration day for the 2015 - 2016 incoming corps. At each of these days we will interview a few corps members so they can share their thoughts on joining City Year, moving to NYC and getting ready for their first day of service.

Name: Kayla Milne
Hometown: New York, NY
School: Hunter College High School, University of Chicago
Major: Studied Biology and Comparative Human Development 

How did you learn about CIty Year? I met a City Year recruiter, Fidel Williams, on campus at the UChicago Careers in Education Profession event and he really sold me on the program. As soon as I left that event, I began my own research and applied for the first deadline last fall. It was really great knowing so early on what I was doing after graduation, especially as many of my friends were still trying to figure things out. 

Are you looking forward to moving to New York? I am originally from New York and I am happy to be coming home to be near my friends and family. I am hoping to move to Washington Heights in the next month. This will be the first time that I will be living on my own as an adult in the City.

Are there any lesson from your past that you will bring to City Year? In college, I was co-President of the Student Teaching at Ray School. I ran tutoring sessions for ESL (English as a second language) learners and this experience had an impact on me. I learned that different kids need different things. Some of my students wanted to play games, others wanted to have conversations. You really need to learn what each student responds to, so you can get to know and build relationships with them.

Name: Musa De’Reese
Hometown: Titusville, FL
School: Hunter College
Major: Media and TV Studies and African, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies

Why did you want to apply to City Year? I learned about City Year from a poster on campus. I always knew that I wanted to join AmeriCorps. It may sound cliché or corny, but I wanted to be a part of something that is greater than myself and that is what I am doing this year.

Who were your role models growing up? My mother. She had an amazing work ethic and did whatever she could to support our family. While she was raising me, she was also going to school and eventually became a phlebotomist. She wanted me to know that even if you are down at any moment, you can always look for new opportunities to be successful if you work hard.

What lessons did you learn being a college athlete? I needed to learn balance, time management and most importantly discipline. There were times in college when I knew that one night out or not getting enough sleep could have an impact on my wrestling. I needed to dedicate myself to the sport in order to be the best I could be.

Name: Cristina Favaro
Hometown: Bronxville, New York
School: Fordham University
Major: Communications Major and Sociology Minor

What attracted you to City Year? I want to pursue a career in Education. I saw City Year as an opportunity to work in a school and work with students in a role other than teacher. I really want to take this year to learn and figure out if I want to continue working in schools in the future.

You lived in England until you were 8 years old, what were the major differences between your school in England and the schools you attended here in the US? Even though we speak the same language, there were many cultural differences from my two schools. I went from a small religious private school in the UK to a suburban public school in the US. UK school children attend full days starting at the age of four and the school days are longer, providing more time for non-academic subjects such as music and art. 

I was also very sad when I lost my English accent. I was so young when we moved, in less than a year in the US it was completely gone.

Any fun plans before City Year starts? My family and I are going to Spain and Italy to celebrate my grandmother’s 80th birthday. My grandmother and her family fled Spain at the end of the Spanish Civil War. She is going to take us through the path that they took to exit the country. I am really looking forward to connecting with my family’s history.

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