Phillip Spotswood served as a corps member in 2013-2014 at Capitol Middle School, and came back for a second year to serve as a Team Leader at Winbourne Elementary School. After graduating his second service year, Phillip will enter the MFA Creative Writing Program right here in Baton Rouge at Louisiana State University- a Give A Year partner school. Phillip took the time to answer some of our questions about his next steps and reflect on his time with City Year.
Q: How did your City Year experience impact your decision to pursue graduate school?
A: I knew after serving, with a certainty only experience and time brings, that I wanted to spend my life in the education field- whether as a teacher, a student, or a volunteer- doesn't matter. I find my joy in writing, and teaching others how to realize that same joy.
Q: What are you most excited for in the coming year?
A: Using the tools I acquired during City Year to tackle grad school, and cheering on Janae (my Winbourne descendant) from the sidelines.
Q: What will you miss most about City Year?
A: I'll miss working closely with such a diverse cast, and at the end of the day loving each other if only because of our shared passion.
Q: Why did you choose Louisiana State University?
A: I'm a Southern boy at heart.
Q: What advice do you have for incoming corps members?
A: Don't forget to breathe. And learn to let go of the things you can't control--figure out what your locus of control is and excel in operating within that space.
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?
A: Hopefully? In an education setting, writing for myself and for others, showing other people how to do the same.