7:30: I wake up! After hitting my Beyoncé “Diva” alarm. I get dressed; I usually have my clothes laid out the night before, so no worries about finding something to wear :)
8:20- I usually eat a yogurt and toast a bagel for a quick breakfast, make oatmeal, or Cream of Wheat, if I am in no rush that morning.
9:00- I arrive to Shawnee Library and check my emails and updates from my supervisors. With working with the Shawnee Library is very important since it is a pillar for the Shawnee neighborhood. Shawnee is a predominantly African American neighborhood that is rich with history and culture. The library is a hub of social, political and literary discussions. As the coordinator for the College and Career Connection, I create programming to help patrons attend college. These programs include FASFA Completion, Choosing a Major, or ACT Prep.
11:00- I am usually out on outreaches or meetings, either for VISTA recruitment, tabling for Summer Coaching College ( peer mentoring program in the summer) or a logistics meeting for “College Signing Day”(a celebratory program for all JCPS high school seniors, who are attending college). With VISTA Recruitment, I talk with to soon-to-be college graduates and explain the AmeriCorps program and specifically our Cradle to Career initiative: a system of combined public and private services, that begin in the primary years and leads to post-secondary and career success causing in a skillful workforce and a city, in which all citizens have the opportunity to prosper.
2:00-Eating a late lunch, a sandwich, small fruit bowl and water in my office.
3:00-Sharing information about VISTA on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
5:00- There is so much to do in Louisville, especially in the realms of our entertainment. The Kentucky Center of the Performing Arts is a performing arts venue that is the home for Louisville’s nationally-prominent arts scene, to the Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Stage One Family Theatre and PNC Bank Broadway in Louisville, also home to community theater programs as well. I have the awesome opportunity to work here part-time as a floor manager.
5:20-Arrive at the Kentucky Center, clock in the Customer Service office, and grab my radio for the show.
5:30- Meeting with our House Manager about tonight’s show. The House Manager discusses tonight’s performance: Wicked! It is a sold-out show! We discuss the holds when the show begins, (a hold is a point in time where no one can enter the theater).
6:45- Head to my assigned area for the night (usually Orchestra Left) with my volunteers for the night and brief them over the show and walk fire and severe weather evacuations. I also check with volunteers making sure they’re ready to open for the show. Make sure there are enough programs for the performance.
7:30- DOORS OPEN!
8:00-Performance starts. I usually read a book when the performance starts. The book I am reading right now is We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
9:15- Intermission and patron issues, usually dealing with kids kicking the back of their seats.
9:30- Show resumes- Get recycling bins out to return used programs- Paper Friendly :)
10:30- Show ends. Close up performance seating area and head back to the Customer Service office to clock out.
11:00: GOING HOME!
11:25- Arrive at home and go straight to sleep. TIRED. I feel accomplished with recruiting students to join the work we are performing with Cradle to Career. I’m excited for the progress with planning a great event for College Signing Day. It was also awesome that I was able to see Wicked in the Production Room! Every job has it perks! :)