Anjali's Reflection


What were your initial expectations coming to work at YRES, and how have they evolved after your first month on the job?

Initially, I thought this co-op would be like any other—just doing work, logging hours, and getting paid. However, over time, I began looking forward to coming in, seeing my coworkers, and working on my personal projects. It’s reassuring to know we have plenty of support, and it’s not the end of the world if something isn’t finished, especially with the flexibility of being remote. The training has been enjoyable and has me excited for summer camp and having fun with the campers. It’s surreal that almost a month has already passed. I’m committed to going above and beyond on my projects and being a good worker.

What were your first interactions with the team and how have you been working to build relationships between you and your fellow team members?

My first interaction with the team was great because everyone was equally nervous and in the same boat. Now, I talk to most of my coworkers daily; we help each other out and ask questions. We’ve bonded over icebreaker games and enjoy chatting about school and other topics during breaks. It’s been fun getting to know everyone. We work closely together, seeking each other’s input on projects, helping each other out, and collaboratively planning. We include everyone in our conversations, fostering a productive and enjoyable work environment. In no other co-op have I been this close to my coworkers. I really appreciate it because we’re all around the same age and, despite having different responsibilities, we help each other out. This fosters an inclusive and healthy work environment. Good relationships and friendships with coworkers definitely enhance our collaboration and productivity.

How do you envision your term at YRES contributing to your personal and professional growth?

My term at YRES will be helpful for my future. It’s enhancing my event planning skills, particularly with the camp graduation, which I can highlight on my resume. Additionally, the networking opportunities with reputable organizations will benefit my career. Importantly, working with kids is crucial for my goal of a career in forensic psychology, especially with juveniles. Interacting with campers and high school volunteers is providing me with essential experience in understanding different behaviors. The people I’ve met and the skills I’ve acquired at this job will greatly benefit my future. Learning to manage my own hours while working remotely, organizing my tasks in the morning, and recapping my progress in check-ins and check-outs have been helpful. Additionally, communicating with people in various positions within the organization and taking charge of my own projects have enhanced my professional development.

Who do you want to show some appreciation to the most and why?

Several people have been particularly helpful. First, Kevin has been instrumental by assigning me an interesting personal project, validating my efforts, and helping me set and approach goals. Carson saw potential in me and gave me the opportunity to take over his English class while he’s away. My coworkers have been incredibly supportive, answering numerous questions and providing positive encouragement. Additionally, Tanya and Dorothy have been a big help with volunteer management, promptly responding to questions and providing in-depth assistance with tasks such as benchmark contacts and volunteer hour signing forms.

Choose a meme (or funny picture) that encapsulates your first month/experience at YRES so far!

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