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Texas Conservation Corps of American YouthWorks
Marisa completed their Service Year with Texas Conservation Corps of American YouthWorks in Texas, US.
I don't think I could have made it this far without my fellow members. We know how to cheer one another up on hard days. We have inside jokes and phrases that can always make us smile. We listen to the Mulan song I"'ll make a man out of you" to get mentally prepared for work we don't look forward to. This is the closest I've felt to having best friends since graduation high school. We are just over a third of the way done with our term in Texas but I am already dreading having to return home to Florida and being hundreds of miles away from everyone. I've lived in Texas longer than I've lived in my house in Tallahassee. I don't know how I'll return to normal life after this. Working retail or food service and going back to school... I've gotten used to being outside doing really hands on work; and though it can be absolutely miserable somedays when I think of the alternative it seems like I am so fortunate to be doing what I am doing. Although this work isn't quite what I had in mind for my service year it has been the experience of a lifetime.
Gold crew is finally back in h-town after being on hitch for basically 2 months straight. The weather has gone from freezing to face melting with maybe 2 nice days in between. Moral is a little low as it seems that all we do is invasive species removal. Killing plants week after week when you're in a conservation corps can feel a bit depressing. We are all dying to plant something for once. The work we have been doing is intense and challenging and I am pretty positive at least one member of our crew is injured at all times. I am finding it challenging to see the big picture of our work. It seems like the jobs we do could be done by the staff at the sites we are at or by actual volunteers. Money is tight between rent and food and its hard to find ways to forget about work on the weekends for free. I'm starting to get frustrated by how big Houston is. Seeing the skyline might be my favorite part of the morning, but when it takes nearly 2 hours to drive the 15 miles to my coworkers house after work its hard to see the bright side of big city life.
Flexibility! Things in the world of conservation change at a moments notice. Not being able to do our full chainsaw training due to snow days and having our first real project, and 10 day hitch, canceled because of a government shutdown... it can be extremely frustrating to constantly have to fall back to plan b. In these first 2 weeks of service it seems if something can go wrong, it definitely will. These challenges have made our crew stronger. We depend on each other as it seems we are the only thing that is dependable.
Marisa began serving with Texas Conservation Corps of American YouthWorks in Texas, US.
Marisa was enrolled with Texas Conservation Corps of American YouthWorks in Texas, US.
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