I joined City Year in order to give back to Columbus, a city that had become my home after 4 years of college at Ohio State. City Year has by far been the best experience of my life. Most 23-year-olds have to pay thousands of dollars in tuition to learn about urban education. I get to see it every day and experience it through my students without paying a cent. There are the rough times and the hard times, but the overwhelming majority of the time has been amazing. I have grown and been stretched in every way imaginable and I couldn't be more grateful for this experience. What I’ve gained is an intangible skill that I think is most applicable to anything I do after City Year - it's grit. You can get really frustrated sometimes when you are working with a student or trying to get an initiative started and are receiving a lot of push back, but I've learned not to take it to heart and keep trying. There is no sitting on your heels in City Year. You're always moving, working on something, putting on a project, and sometimes you won't be successful. I like to say that I was unsuccessful instead of failing, because to me failing means giving up and I don't do that. I appreciate City Year, because they are very supportive when we make mistakes - we figure out what went wrong and how we can do better next time. I think the world would be a better place if we did more of that. After City Year, I hope to continue to support student success and work on building relationships maybe in some kind of Non-profit Education realm, but I feel very confident that I can handle whatever comes next because City Year prepares you for just about anything.