AmeriCorps Member

May 2019 / Member of the Month

Deepika

Early Childhood ELL Assistant

Passages Charter School

  1. Why were you interested in joining our AmeriCorps program at AHS?
    I was looking for an opportunity to work more directly with kids and working with the immigrant/refugee population at AHS felt like the most impactful way of doing so.
  1. What motivates you as the Early Childhood ELL Assistant?
    The kids definitely make me so excited and grateful to come in every day. They’re all extremely loving and excited to learn and ask questions. When I’m able to get through to someone who is struggling and work on building strong relationships founded on trust, I feel like I am making an impact. 
  1. What’s your favorite thing about living in Chicago?
    I love being able to explore different cultures through the many neighborhoods in Chicago and try new food! 
  1. If you could describe your AmeriCorps experience so far in one word or phrase, what would it be?
    Never boring!
  1. What impact do you hope to make in your service?
    I hope to see the result of my service by cultivating strong 1-one-1 relationships with the kids. They all have so much to offer, so if I can help them build confidence, whether it be with learning English, socializing, or being independent, I will feel like I’ve made an impact.  
  1. What impact do the children you serve have on you?
    They have definitely taught me to keep finding patience in myself and to have fun with them whenever I can. Every relationship is unique and has impacted me in different capacities. 
  1. What’s an AmeriCorps memory that you’ll hold onto?
    I loved when we did the improv workshop as an AmeriCorps team. It was a great opportunity to teambuild and reflect on my own experiences while learning from the other members. 
  1. What are you most proud of so far in your service?
    I’m proud to have established strong connections with kids both within and outside of early childhood. I’m proud for taking the initiative to do this by expanding on and refining the responsibilities of this new position.
  1. Where do you see yourself post-AmeriCorps?
    I will be attending medical school at UIC this August. My AmeriCorps experience at Passages will definitely contribute to the physician I become; I’m hoping to continue working with kids and building strong relationships.

Bonus questions!

  1. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
    I would want to become a better parallel parker and also learn how to whistle.
  2. Where would you most like to travel to?
    I want to see more of Asia – I’d love to travel to Thailand and Japan.
  3. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    Butternut squash ravioli
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