“I cannot get enough…”

August 20, 2012

Democracy Coach applications are up and running and we encourage you to apply right away! In recognition of application season, here is something from the archives – a piece written last spring by Lindsay Adler of Boston University:

“I am about to graduate as a sociology major, political science minor from Boston University. Ever since I was a little girl, I have had “going to law school” stamped on my forehead without much thought to other career paths. I have had no teacher training and it never bothered me because it wasn’t part of my plan. Then as some culmination of senioritis and panic about graduating, I decided to spend time my last semester volunteering with Generation Citizen. Their goals of helping get kids become more involved in democracy and achieve a sense of accomplishment through civic action seemed like a really great way to combine two things I had interest in; plus a more productive way to spend my last months in college.

The day before my first lesson, I was a nervous wreck- what if the students didn’t respond well to me, or even worse what if I had nothing to offer the students in way of information or guidance. I was flying blind. It was a slow first class as they tried to figure me out and I tried to remember why I had put myself in a position to be stared at by students barely younger than me. Somehow I made it through and after a couple of weeks mentoring, I genuinely love it. I wake up at an ungodly hour excited to hear the students speak passionately and loudly about issues facing their communities. They are insightful and opinionated and they respect me. I leave the school at the end of the class period feeling like I have tried my best to listen to them and vise versa. I hope my time with them has made a difference. I know it has for me.

I am now less sure about my law career. I have decided to take a year or two off and am hoping to teach. I would like to work with underrepresented students in places where they need teachers the most. Generation Citizen gave me the platform to realize that I can be a mentor to kids, no matter how different our lives may be. It is a thrill to see the students understand a topic or speak up to share their personal experiences. I didn’t know teaching was something I could do or would even like to do until I got the opportunity to try, and now I cannot get enough.”

~ Lindsay, Democracy Coach at Boston University 


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