Sunday, August 11, 2013

8.7.13 The Beginning

Today is the day.  The day I get to start making a difference.  For the next 365 days, I have been charged with a very real task... being a member of the American Red Cross via Americorps.  It will be my duty to teach, recruit and be a part of an organization who's purpose depends on the individual, but is so much greater than any single person could be.

My first impression...
Let me tell you about my interview. Wow.  I don't think I've ever been so nervous for anything in my life!  For those of you who know me, you know that I tend to be calm and prepared for high-stress situations like an interview...but this one was different.  It mattered.

I remember walking in the door of the ARC and being met by a lovely lady named Annah.  She greeted me with a smile and a handshake and led me into 'the interview room'.  From there I was introduced to Luke and Angie, who were to be assisting Annah in interviewing me.  (3 Interviewers?! Yikes!).  It started out with the normal interview questions, but quickly made a transition into my favorite part of the interview.  'Why'... I was given the opportunity to explain why being a part of this was so important to me.  And I could see that, as I was speaking, these people really wanted to know my answer.  I was no longer just some woman interviewing for a job...I was Kara and I was telling these three strangers stories from my life.  The things that I believe make up 'me'.  The crazy thing is that they were listening!  Not that polite, because-we-have-to kind of listening, but the I-really-want-to-know kind.  It struck me at that moment that I was not the only one in that room who wanted to 'be more' for people.  What I so desperately wanted was reflected in the eyes of my interviewers.

When I walked out of the ARC that day, I knew one thing for certain...I wanted to be a part of the American Red Cross.  And one way or another, it was going to happen.

Luckily for me, I got a call not long after.  I had Angie, Annah and Luke all on the phone asking me(!) to be a part of the ARC.  I won't lie, I cried, lol.  At one point, I heard Annah say 'so is that a Yes?'. And so it came to be that I, Kara P, am a member of Americorp and the American Red Cross.

Day 1...
Finally, we have made it to day 1!  What a fabulous day!  I can just hear you now 'Who is this crazy person, excited about orientation?'.  *Points at self* oh yeah, that's this lady (lol).  And I wasn't the only one...

Seriously, it was great.  We learned so much about the founding of the Red Cross, and what changes have brought us to where we are today.  We learned about the overwhelming need for disaster relief and blood.  We learned about each other and we even got to watch powerpoint presentations (eeek can't you just hear my squeals of joy?!)

All I can say is that I can't wait to see what this next year has in store for us.  Today is a new day with a new purpose, and I am overwhelmed by the possibilities.

1 comment:

  1. Welcome aboard Kara. I can't wait to meet you and am excited to follow your journey here on your blog! What an amazing opportunity to share the mission of Americorp and American Red Cross.