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Alumni Spotlight: Guidance Counselor Andrea Martin
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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 participate?

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 progression?

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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