August 7th, 7:45 AM – I first step foot at Arrupe Jesuit High School as an ASC volunteer
August 14th, 8:00 AM – I meet the students I’ll work with all year for the first time
August 20th, 6:30 PM – Arrupe volunteers experience our first community dinner together
August 28th, 5:00 PM – The volleyball team I’m helping coach has their first game of the season
October 14th, 8:00 PM – I chaperone my first dance ever, the Haunted Homecoming at Arrupe
November 9th, 9:00 PM – I see the other ASC volunteers for the first time in months at our KC retreat
November 28th, 4:00 PM – The newly-formed club volleyball team has its first practice
December 9th, 5:30 PM – The Arrupe staff celebrates a kicking Christmas party, complete with karaoke
January 7th, 5:00 AM – The club volleyball team meets together for our first tournament
January 8th, 8:00 AM – I begin my role as a standalone teacher for three sections of freshmen algebra
January 27th, 10:00 AM – I go skiing for the first time in my life (cross-country skiing, but still counts)
February 7th, 8:00 AM – The six-month anniversary of me beginning as an ASC volunteer at Arrupe
It’s crazy to think that these and any experience can be reduced to a simple date and time. Yet each date and each time has so much more significance than the numbers could ever tell.
These listed experiences are some of the most impactful, important, and memorable events during my time as an ASC volunteer. Each one contains people who’ve become close to my heart. Every single one has its share of emotions, laughter, frustration, excitement, and joy associated with it.
It amazes me to think it’s been six months since this all started. If it weren’t for this reflection, I doubt I would’ve even realized the six-month anniversary had just passed. But if there’s one thing about time, it’s that it never stops. Now, with only four months left, I’m realizing my time is limited. Now, I face an all too real challenge: how do I make more of these dates and times with the time I have left?