The Reflectives blog

First impressions from the field: Smart Beginnings NRV AmeriCorps members

July 27, 2015 – This summer, VT Engage hired four AmeriCorps members to serve for a shortened national service term. During their three months serving Smart Beginnings New River Valley, they are assisting area childcare centers with a variety of projects, from organizing libraries to creating literacy-themed games to reading with children. These are their thoughts on their…

Meet VT Engage: Eliza Wethey, Associate Director for Global Engagement

July 15, 2015- Welcome to the second installment of our blog series where we introduce you to…us! Check out who we are at VT Engage, what we do, and why we serve. Today, meet Eliza Wethey, our new Associate Director for Global Engagement, who joined us in May 2015. You’ll learn what brought her to Blacksburg,…

#IamVISTA: Launching the Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech

June 17, 2015- Posted by Joanne Amposta, an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving the Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech. If you were to ask me what I was doing after graduation one year ago, I would half-confidently say that I was going to be a doctor. I say half-confidently because being a doctor was something that…

The highs and lows of my VISTA year

March 3, 2015- Posted by Amanda Qadado, an AmeriCorps VISTA member who serves with the VT Engage office on our Community Associates Program. Cognitive Dissonance. Essentially it is the stress endured when one’s “real self” falls short of his or her “ideal self.” New years, new semesters, a birthday—what a perfect time to re-invent yourself…