Andrea Martin ’02 -
Boston Latin School Guidance Counselor
Where did you go to college? What did you major in?
I majored in Psychology at the University of New Hampshire, and am now a
guidance counselor at Boston Latin School.
You recently ran the Boston marathon – what inspired you to
I have run three total marathons, and this past one was the first
time I ran for charity and as part of a team. I wanted to run the Boston
Marathon because it is one of the toughest marathons in the country, and I
wanted to run to benefit a charity that is close to home. Access is a
charity that does wonderful work in the Boston Public Schools to make college
affordable for high school students. It was an amazing experience to run
with a team for charity. We all trained with the same coach and I would
love to do it again next year.
What role did City Year play in your career choice and
My City Year experience definitely influenced me. I did City Year in San
Jose, California after graduating from college, and I wasn’t sure what age group
I wanted to work with. Iinitially thought I wanted to work with
elementary school aged children, but after working with high school students in
City Year, I was impressed with my students’ interest in leadership, social
issues, and their passion to make a difference. After doing City Heroes,
a service learning program with high school aged youth, I was sure I wanted to
work with students in this age range.
What skills or lessons did you take away from your City Year experience?
I try to infuse the City Year culture into my work life. As a coach,
I use City Year-isms to build my team, andwhen I work with groups of students
I use ice breakers I learned from City Year. City Year has a fun factor
that makes people step out of their comfort zone and prevents people from
settling into a rut which can lead to boredom, even though it may seem silly
and corny at the time people end up having a lot of fun and laughing!
Do you stay involved in community work today?
Yes, when City Year does service days I take part in them. I went to New
Orleans three times for the National Alumni Service Weekend. Service has
always been part of my life. I participated in alternative spring break
in college, and City Year certainly helps keep that going. I also serve
as co-chair of the National Alumni Advisory Board which keeps me very connected
to City Year and alumni advisory boards across the country.
What advice would you give a young adult considering City Year?
It is definitely a great opportunity to do something that will be challenging,
and you will gain so much more than you would imagine. City Year helped me to
develop skills and meet new people. My experience in City Year helped
shape my outlook on the world. The people I came into contact with, the
opportunities for leadership development, andto learn about and appreciate
other people, all make City Year a life changing experience.
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