|Alumni Spotlight: Monica Glicken|
Monica Glicken '01, '02 • Attorney, Robert D. Ahlgren and Associates
When I first signed up for City Year, I had graduated from college and had just come back to the U.S. after living abroad for a year. I wanted to spend time close to my family and I wanted to gain some real-world experience before diving back into the classroom. I looked for volunteer opportunities on the AmeriCorps website and came across the City Year program. I was very impressed by the mission of City Year so I visited the City Year Greater Philadelphia office and was impressed by the energy and motivation of the people I met there. I was all in from that moment on.
What do you value most about your City Year experience?
The most important lesson from City
Year that I bring to my work as an attorney today is that achieving
success does not come from waiting for someone else to hand you solutions
ready-made and in a neat little box. Instead you have to take initiative,
be resourceful, and be persistent. I learned to think creatively about
where to look for help and not to give up until we got the resources we needed.
Today as a lawyer, I draw upon the skills that I learned, and am always
doing my best to be proactive, resourceful and persistent in finding solutions
to my client's problems.
has City Year played a role in your career progression?
did City Year prepare you for your career?
Do you stay involved in community service today?
I do stay involved in community work
today. I am a volunteer with the Chicago Lights Tutoring Program. I meet
once a week with a high school student to tutor and mentor her. I also
volunteer whenever I can with my church's food pantry activities.
What would you say to a young person considering serving with City Year?
To a young person considering City Year,
I would say that if you love working with youth and you are looking for a
challenging, rewarding, exhausting, and at times exhilarating work and
volunteer experience, City Year may be right for you.
What would you say to a current corps member?
To a current corp member, I would say, don't give into "battle fatigue". I know how hard it is to be "on" for a whole school year and to give your all to City Year every single day. However, it is really true that you get from City Year whatever you put into it. Put your heart into it and you'll receive great rewards down the road as well.
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