|National Service Scholar David Weatherly|
As a National Service Scholar beginning his first semester of graduate
school, David Weatherly looks back at his City Year Columbia corps member interview
and recalls his interviewer asking him "Have you ever been a leader?” This
question was surprisingly hard for him to answer. While David may have started City Year without
understanding his potential to lead, he certainly left knowing where he wants
to stand to make a difference in the world.
As a current MBA candidate in Non-Profit Management at Brandeis University's
Heller School, David credits City Year for developing his leadership skills,
which he used in preparation for graduate school.
David’s time at City Year completely changed his plans for his future. After serving two years in the corps, David took his commitment even further and applied for a City Year staff position. He served as a Program Manager for two years, leading diverse teams much like the one he served on. With deeper self-understanding, David determined law school might not be the right path for him and instead decided his long-term career path would be in the non-profit sector.
David has been able to draw on his City Year experiences
throughout his classes and is excited to continue to learn in an academic
community that values the voice and perspective of national service alumni. City
Year challenged and prepared him to lead; the Heller School is building upon
this base of knowledge and helping to clarify the next leadership challenge he
His advice to current
corps members: "Embrace your service year; it is a crucible, it is supposed
to be challenging, it is supposed to be uncomfortable, but those experiences
will make you a better leader and better prepare you for your life after City
As a final note, David would like to share his most
important take away from his time at City Year: "meeting my wife.”
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