The Reflectives blog

#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…

Could you live on just $32 worth of food a week?

November 12, 2014– Posted by Maureen McGonagle, an AmeriCorps VISTA member who just finished her year of national service with the Blacksburg Farmers Market. How much do you spend on food each week? According to 2013 USDA numbers, “the cost of feeding a family of four a healthy diet can run $146 to $289 a…

Meet VT Engage: Matt Grimes, SERVE Graduate Assistant

October 31, 2014- Welcome to our new 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 Matt Grimes, Graduate Assistant for VT Engage’s SERVE Living Learning Community since August 2014. You’ll learn what drives him, how to get engaged with SERVE,…