Why were you interested in joining our AmeriCorps program at AHS? I wanted to meet my neighbors, learn about struggles that might otherwise be invisible to me, and ensure my introduction to social work would happen in an environment offering mentorship and professional development.
What motivates you as a Career Guide? Job seeking can be a difficult, vulnerable, and discouraging process – it’s a privilege that my clients allow me to be be “in it” with them. I love to help people articulate their strengths to themselves – sometimes for the very first time – as we make a resume, practice interview responses, and set goals together. And then of course it’s very exciting when they land the job!
What’s your favorite thing about living in/near Chicago? Spanakopita, pupusas, and banh mi within walking distance of my home. And super flat streets for biking!
If you could describe your AmeriCorps experience so far in one word or phrase, what would it be? Radicalizing – direct service is important, and so is fighting for structural change at the root of the symptoms we treat.
What impact do you hope to make in your service? I hope at the very least to help my clients feel heard, affirmed and aware of their agency.
What impact do the people you serve have on you? I’ve received many, many lessons in resilience.
What’s an AmeriCorps memory that you’ll hold onto? When my client got a job offer on my birthday!
What are you most proud of so far in your service? Seeing my clients emerge from dark times.
Where do you see yourself post-AmeriCorps? I’m starting a Master’s in Social Work program to specialize in clinical social work.
If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? Fluency in Indonesian to connect with my family.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pupusas revueltas, fresh young coconut, and my mama’s New York cheesecake.
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