It has almost been a year that I went on a road trip from Kansas City to Hays, Kansas. My friend Joe and I drove four hours to visit our third friend at home. During the trip I received a phone call from the director of the Alum Service Corps. He told me I had an interview with Regis Jesuit Boy’s Division, and asked if I was interested. I told him I was thrilled and looked forward to taking the next step in the process of joining ASC. After I got off the phone, a thousand thoughts came to mind, and the look of worry clearly showed. I explained to Joe the phone call and expressed my worries. I had never been to Colorado, I knew no one there, I had never taught high school students, let alone been trained on how to do so, and the list went on. As Joe drove he thought about my concerns, and simply responded with “Kevin, when again in your life will you be able to move to Colorado for a year and teach?” He was right. It was the perfect time for me to do a year of volunteering because I am not sure if I will have the chance or freedom to do so, even in the next five years.
It has come the point in the year that I feel distant from the energized, nervous, and fresh volunteer that I was at the start. I think it really comes down to falling into a routine. I keep thinking back to that trip, and the feelings I had when thinking about ASC. The more I think about those feelings and what Joe said to me, the more I want to take advantage of this time. I am only in Colorado volunteering for a year. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I need to make the best of it. It might be easier to complain about working fancy dinners, fret about whether or not I am being used to my fullest potential, or gripe about how it feels the school runs our lives. This, however, is not the attitude I want to have and it is not what I want to be around. A goal I am setting for myself is to tap into who I was a year ago or even six months ago. I want to help with every event, retreat, activity, and whatever other school activity where they could use an extra hand. I want to fall out of a routine and shake things up. I will do these things because I want to, because this is why I signed up for ASC, and because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Why in the world would I ever want to let this time pass by?