My name is Indigo Cornelison and I am honored to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA for 55,000 Degrees for the 2015-2016 year.
Random facts about me:
- I am 23 years old
- Born and raised in Louisville, KY
- I like to travel (I’ve been to Greece, Italy, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Jamaica, and a ton of states within the U.S.)
- Summer is my favorite season. I love to swim!
- My favorite color isn’t Indigo. It’s purple—huge difference.
- Drake is my favorite rapper, Lauryn Hill is my favorite singer.
- In a perfect world, I’d be a professional taste tester because I love to eat!
For my year of service, I am working with 55,000 Degrees as their Outreach Coordinator. Upon accepting this position, I had no idea what to expect, but in this short time I can honestly say it’s been nothing short of amazing. From being able to network and make great connections, to enhancing professional skills that will be useful in all of my future endeavors, I am more than excited for the experiences to come!
As the 55k Outreach Coordinator I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of important figures in the Louisville community in regards to higher education and education attainment including Mayor Greg Fischer and the list most certainly goes on. In addition to meeting these important figures, I’ve also had many opportunities to speak with students about college which is something that I hope to continue to do in the future. As a VISTA, I have gotten the opportunity to get real life experience in the higher education field which is something that will stand out as I apply to graduate school as well as help me to be a better professional in the future.
All in all, I am very pleased with my experience thus far. One of my favorite quotes of all time is:
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
With that being said, I believe that you should always put your best foot forward and give everything your best effort. Though being a VISTA wasn’t my original plan, I plan to make the best of this experience and take on every opportunity thrown my way. I hope you found this somewhat insightful. :)
55,000 Degrees AmeriCorps VISTA