Living 3,000 miles away from home on a stipend, on very little sleep, and in a world where I cannot always even rely on the train being on time, the one thing I know I can count on is the family I have found in my team. Actually, both MFS Investment Management Teams at the Dever-McCormack Upper and Lower schools have made the transition for this California girl smooth and, more often than not, exciting. I would have never experienced the joy of really noticing a red autumn tree if it were not for everyone on my team diligently pointing every single one out. Jenn, Zach and Josh even trudged three blocks through Boston’s first snow fallpast midnight to grab the honor of hitting me with my first snowball. Is that not true friendship? Yes, it is.
“The one thing I know I can count on is the family I have found in my team.”
We spend practically every minute together during the week. And on the weekends, I get to enjoy their company outside of service, whether it is coffee with Damian, sushi with Zach, pottery painting with Becky and Jenn, attending a student’s football game with Nate or attending our Team Day in Salem. All of that, and we still aren’t sick of each other.
I cherish the moments with them that might seem small and insignificant because they mean so much to me. Serving at our school for 10 hours or more every Monday through Thursday can be long and grueling at times. So early on in the year, it can be hard to tell if I’m impacting my students at all. “Where is the difference?” I sometimes ask myself, “When will these students see that I am trying to help them?” But it is my team’s passion and the way that they are so real and grounded that pulls me out of that temporary state of panic. And in the upcoming months as winter approaches, I know I will need to rely on that part of my team even more.
Most importantly, they are teaching me to how to hold my own rope and pull myself up. By the end of the year, I know that I will have served my students with the best of all I have partly because of team I have beside me.
When I start to feel homesick, I can always count on Peter’s humor to make me laugh. I can count on Yaa’s energy whenever I feel stressed. And I can always count on everyone’s unwavering support when I lose perspective.
“I cherish the moments with them that might seem small and insignificant because they mean so much to me.”
But even all else aside, I feel privileged to be serving alongside my teammates this year simply because of the mere fact that they make me so happy.