So my last post almost two years ago left the question begging, where IS Clare? Or now rather, where has she been?
2012-2013 I had a wonderful senior year at Fairfield University—living with my great friends, making new ones, seeing student organizations I was a part of thrive, getting more involved in new groups, participating in a great service trip over my spring break to Joplin Missouri, and the list goes on. The year was packed with tons of course work—I took six classes my first semester, and five (one being my senior thesis capstone) during my spring semester and worked all year—so really no time to allow for senioritis to take hold. It was a good year, if not stressful at times, but I’m really thankful for the opportunities I had and for the great people that I met.
My S4SJ group photo
When I started looking for jobs in the spring of 2013 I hitched my wagon to a certain track that I thought I wanted, looking back, mainly because I hoped I would be successful and felt that it was my best option, and so sent out over 15+ applications to different places that were hiring. The job market is tough! Everyone says it, but the reality is different, and after some really hard disappointment, I started to feel that maybe I had set my priorities in the wrong area and had narrowed my expectations too much. I started to apply to different places and look in other directions, wondering what was going to happen to the plan I had created for myself, when in early September 2013 I heard about a great job opening as a legal assistant for an Intellectual Property firm in New York. I had no idea what such a job would entail, but thought it was a different experience and that maybe different was what I needed. So I applied. I was asked for an interview and hired, same day.
The past nine months have been such a great experience. I have met some amazing women in my roommates— kind, thoughtful and extremely intelligent, and I’m so grateful for the different things that they have taught me! I experienced the awesomeness that is Tarrytown NY. What a great town with so many great things to do! Hiking and walking trails, located right on the Hudson river; with amazing restaurants (gluten free!), great (andnotsogreat) neighbors and Monday night spinning class with sass. I feel sad that I really started to form a sense of community and now (though for an exciting reason!) am leaving for a new adventure. My job as a paralegal was really informative. I learned a lot and gained really valuable experience as my first job in a good environment. I am really thankful for this and for those that I worked with and got to know! While it was a great experience, I still have felt the call for international work, and helping others. I knew I would always want to focus in this, and hoped that an initial job would give good experience as a steppingstone for this kind of work.
Me and my roommates Halloween 2013!
Last year, I had applied for a service year through the ELCA Lutheran Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM), which sends young adults into the world for a year of service and accompaniment with those in the international community. They serve in nine different countries around the world. In May of this year, I was accepted to the program and invited to serve for a year in Jerusalem. There are sixty-five volunteers in the program who will all be going to different countries. Six of us will be going to Jerusalem.
Heading back!! I can't wait! :)
I will leave in August for a year of service starting with a week of orientation in Chicago! I find out my specific placement and work assignment sometime in the coming month. What an exciting new adventure which is ahead—and what a great one I have had these past two years at school and living in New York (Ranger-territory! No worries, my uncle, aunt and cousins bought me a big winter Bruins coat so no one would mistake me for one!). I can’t say how grateful I am to old friends, family, and new friends for this past year and for their support as I enter this next step in my journey. Stay turned –many more posts to come!!