Happy February to one and all. I hope everyone enjoyed the January snow - even if it did cause headaches on MLK Day (and, most likely, in the week that followed). For most of you, MLK Day was the first major project - definitely a trial by fire (or snow, I suppose).
Now that the big day is in your rear-view mirror, hopefully you're feeling a mix of relief and eagerness as you can now set your sights and your focus on all the other activities contained in your VAD.
For others, like Jessie Riley and Meghan McCormick, February potentially marks the "home stretch" of your VISTA term. By now you both are no doubt pros(don't be modest) - so I encourage you to make the most of the remaining time in your VISTA term.
Additionally, Linnea and I are excited by the fact we'll see many of you this month as we begin our site visits with campuses along I-5. I'll be sending you each an agenda in the near future, as well as few site specific questions like - "Where should we park?"
Finally, I have truly enjoyed reading everyone's first quarterly report. They are teeming with sanguinity and excitement for the months ahead. And yet, as the newness of being a VISTA may be starting to wear off (compounded by these grey winter days) I challenge you not to lose the optimism and energy that no doubt motivated you to choose a year of service.
Simply put, Go VISTA Team!