It’s time for another VISTA introduction – meet our newest recruit, Chady! He’s been in the office for about a month now, and very shortly he’ll be packing up his stuff (along with the rest of us) to move to a new office location. That’s right, Goodwill is moving. The location is close to where we are now, and it will be filled with exciting new programs that will definitely help the community. Look for a post in the next few weeks that will take you on a tour of our new spot!
I enjoy writing VISTA introductions, and I often learn interesting new things about each one, as was certainly the case with Chady. Read on…
Where are you from?
I’ve been in Rockford now for about a month. I’m from Effingham, IL, although I’ve lived all over the place, I was born in San Jose, and have lived in California, Illinois, Cyprus, and Jordan. I went to a different school every year from the second grade up to my Freshman year of high school.
What do you enjoy doing in your downtime?
I haven’t been in Rockford very long, so I’m sure I’ll find more to do later, but I do like going to Meg’s Daily Grind to read/research.
Why did you choose VISTA and your project?
I chose VISTA, and more specifically, Goodwill here in Rockford, because I’ve always had a desire to serve others and this seemed like the perfect time to dedicate a year to that cause.
Tell us about your project and its projected outcomes.
The Small Dollar Loans Program is designed to provide an alternative to payday loans and can really make a huge difference. I’ve seen the kind of damage that predatory institutions can do to families and hopefully we can build a model that can be applied in communities across the country.
What’s the biggest surprise since you started your project?
I’ve been a grad student for the past couple of years, and we aren’t the most professional lot in the world. So while I haven’t been terribly surprised by the nature of my assignment of office work in general, dressing professionally day in and day out has taken some getting used to.
Share one tidbit about you that others might find interesting.
I’m really not the most interesting person, but I do have a serious peanut butter fixation. I’m a fan of all kinds of peanut butter, although Peter Pan Honey Crunchy is, in my humble opinion, the very best. I once spent a class period lecturing my students on how preference for creamy vs crunchy peanut butter can tell you about the essential nature of a person.
What are your plans after VISTA?
After VISTA, I plan to get a PhD in Japanese Anthropology. I’m not sure where I’m going yet, although I do have a few pie in the sky dreams. A lot of things have to go right and fall into place, so I’m just taking it one step at a time. (Please note that I may be semi non-social and frazzles in December, when applications for school are due – apologies in advance!)