It’s the end of the second day of induction and its likely most of the corps members are in bed getting ready for morning interviews with possible school placements. For me, I’m a little bit tired but feel like some deep down reflection of all the feelings I’ve had in the past 48 hours will be very valuable.
First, carrying off my first post of the anxiety and uncertainty of everything, that has all but dissipated since I’ve been here. Everything has been so seemless, welcome, and supportive I have already felt welcome and perfectly at home. That’s not to say I don’t have questions, especially about my placement, but I realize that everyone is in the same boat as I am so I just have to go with it.
Everything else has been extremely positive so far though, especially the people. I see a lot of value in having a small corps because the staff and alumni are super involved and super open to answering questions and working with us. As well, the 55 (?) of us 2011 corps members have a really easy time getting to know one another and getting along. This definitely for me is one of the absolute best perks… making so many friends and meeting so many great and passionate people.
While I don’t really have the energy to recount ever single experience of today, it was not the Luau’s, parties, and celebrating I thought induction was going to be. We’ve gotten right to work in exploring our core values, handing logistical work, and getting to know each other. It’s been really exciting yet humbling work as we are reminded about our purpose of being here and the challenges yet to come. Hawai’i as a state is 47th in Math Proficiency, has the highest number of restructured schools in the nation, and only 12% of Hawaii students graduate with a college degree in 6 years.
Today we were asked to share in a group whether we thought it was possible to close the achievement gap in our lifetime. For me, the mentality I believe I need to carry is that the challenges that awaits us here are daunting but not insurmountable. WE together in fact can overcome them and create transformational change. Otherwise, if we do not believe we can do it, it will inevitably never happen. If we do, we will work tirelessly towards it and I believe we have no other option then that.