Jodi's Reflection


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

When I first joined YRES, I was expecting a well-structured working environment which catered to working with children and individual projects. I was excited to meet the children I would be teaching as well as my fellow university co-op coworkers. My initial expectations were to be given clear-cut responsibilities and tasks for specific projects I will be working on. I also anticipated working with children, and enhancing my teaching skills. As I eased into this work environment, I was pleased to see that these expectations were met. YRES is definitely organized and prioritizes the students who participate in the programs they provide. I was given a very specific task to work on for the months before the summer camp, with questions answered and feedback given by my co-workers without waiting a short period of time.

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 in person at Stonebridge for a day of shadowing the weekend camp. I met many of my coworkers that day and was able to talk to Kaylan quite a bit. Since then, I’ve been able to meet the rest of the team at the camp training days at Stonebridge. As a relatively shy person, it has been really nice getting to know them, and seeing a familiar face every weekend. I’ve also known Tobin prior to working here from university, so this also took some stress off of meeting new people. I’m also very glad I’ve gotten to work with Anjali for the end of the summer camp graduation event. Having weekly team meetings with Elizabeth and Megan is going really well, too as we are also going to be working together for the PA day camp on June 7.

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

I envision my term at YRES to deepen my teaching skills as I learn new innovative teaching methods and enhance my communication skills. As I experience what teaching would be like this term, it will help me gain perspective on what I would like to do in the future. I am unsure if I would want to continue down this profession, so having this experience will give me a better idea of what I enjoy doing. Additionally, due to my schedule for May and June, it is contributing to elevate my time management. There have been many schedule conflicts on my end, but I’ve been able to work them out, as these are small obstacles I’ve been working through.

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

I would like to show my appreciation to Kevin, Carson, and Dorothy as they have been very helpful with answering questions I might have quickly and with a lot of detail. Daphne was also very active in helping out with the marketing aspects of the camp graduation event.

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

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