As of Friday of this week I will be taking the recycling posters off of my desk, putting in my final data for Farragut's Adopt-A-Stream program, and saying my goodbyes to all of the wonderful people I have met on this leg of my AmeriCorps adventure. To, as of next week, no longer speak of my AmeriCorps service in the present tense is strange to say the least. After two years of adventures, friendships, traveling, and daily doses of elbow grease I have few stories to share that don't involve me being in a gray t-shirt with an AmeriCorps logo on the sleeve.
My NCCC experience framed my State/National year here in Farragut so well. Not only was my supervisor also a NCCC Fire Management Team alum, but from a personal development perspective, my time working in team based national service really prepared me for the challenges and opportunities that living and working alone in this job would provide. It also provided me with the self-confidence and assuredness that I lacked coming immediatly out of college. AmeriCorps has been good to me - but I suppose I don't need to tell you that if you have ever frequented my blogs before.
I cannot think of anything I would have rather done with my life this year aside from this job. I know that may sound like exaggeration to some but it is nonetheless true. Not only was Farragut an amazingly supportive and enjoyable site, the work that entailed always proved to feel important and of value to the community. Never did I feel that I was squandering my or my sites time with the work I was doing. I have been proud to be an important cog in the maching that is this municipality.
As a sentimental person, goodbyes are hard for me, so I think I'll just leave this blogpost as it is for now and try to come up with a little more closure later :)
Now it is time to delete about a kajillion emails off of this work computer to set it up for next year's AmeriCorps!