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What Is It?

January 15, 2012

By Dominique Grant, Corps Member Proudly Serving at Belaire High School

What is it that keeps us coming back to the daily grind of being yelled at, the Ms./Mr. casually being forgotten from the beginning of our names? Extremely late nights and unreasonably early mornings? Dressed in the same uniform, day in and day out, forgetting our individual identities. Where instead of writing the name that your mother gave you, you now write

First Name: City Last Name: Year.

What has your motivation been when you have to decide on whether or not to eat gourmet chicken flavored Ramen noodles or a bag of carrots? Personally, I’d eat the noodles. What is about that red that instead of reading what most logical people would read as WARNING, DANGER, STOP, makes you GO, GO, GO!?!

It must be the feeling that you get when your student finally looks up at you after hours and hours and hours of fractions, decimals, and crazy whole numbers and says “I get it!”

Or it must be when grades come out and that one kid, that one hard headed kid, who you thought that you’d never reach finally only got 3 F’s! YES! Only 3! That’s an accomplishment.

Or is it when you are randomly walking down the street, no gum, no headphones, following trafficking rules, and a stranger stops you. Before you can utter a word, they take your hand, look you in the eyes, and say “Thank you for all that you do. We appreciate you giving your time to these kids.” In that moment you feel like more than an underpaid, overworked, clone. You feel like a service member, a difference maker, a life changer, apart of what makes America great; a volunteer. City Year.



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