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yeah 2011


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Things got a little busier over November and December. Expectedly I had an increase in phone calls/e-mails during the "Storming Phase" but nothing too out of control. I've been lucky that major issues with different VISTAs have not overlapped so I haven't had to juggle too many concerns at the same time.

Comment from Devon Smolca on February 9, 2011 - 12:24pm

I like those happy tools! Did you create them?

Comment from Bill Brown on February 9, 2011 - 12:29pm

yep yep

Why I Love Being a VISTA Leader


No, it's not the fame...or fortune...or the layers of paperwork and bureaucracy. It's definitely NOT trying to explain VISTA to someone for the upteth time. It was the moment several times this week, after what seemed like the millionth voicemail I left for a VISTA, when a VISTA picked up the phone and said "HEEEaaaaYyyah! Danielle! What is UP?"

Comment from Morgan Sully on July 23, 2007 - 1:29pm

Part of it is because you're such an awesome Leader to report to. And I don't mean just VISTA Leader, but LEADER leader. OF COURSE, you'd get into MIT. jeez.

Comment from Naomi Jimenez on July 23, 2007 - 9:29pm

Hey Danielle,

I'm glad you loved being a VISTA leader! It was good having you as a leader even though we didn't talk as much due to our conflicting schedules. Good luck to you and I hope to see this very blog as a digital story one day! ;)



Comment from Kelli Williams on August 2, 2007 - 10:45am

That's a very cool post Danielle!

Comment from Diana Boro on August 14, 2007 - 10:13am

Hey Danielle, so awhile back I replied to the comment that you left on one of my posts...but I replied to it on MY page, not yours. Hahaha....yup, that's why I'm a ctc VISTA. Because the T standds for technology and I obviously have mastered all things technological.

Anyway, here's the comment:

Thanks for the reassurance...actually just a few weeks later I really feel like part of the staff. As far as the living situation goes, I'm still living with the director of zumix, but it's been pretty good so I haven't been desperate to look for anything else.

The Concerts are every Tuesday and Sunday from 5-7 pm. The Sunday ones are better because they're in Pier's Park, which is beautiful. The tuesday concerts are right across from the Maverick Square t station.

Will I see you on Tuesday at the Mass area meeting?


Comment from Anita Lie on November 1, 2007 - 1:52pm

Hi Danielle, Morgan mention to me that you worked with people who are deaf. I am trying to figure out how to teach someone how to use the computer, but its hard because hes' also non-literate. Do you have any advice on what I can do or how to teach. Thanks

Leading by example...sort of


After a spent the week trying to catch up with all the VISTAs under my care, encouraging them all to blog and read the blogs, I realized I haven't really blogged myself.  What AM I working on?  Well the first three weeks as an official VISTA leader has been a lot about finding a balance between two new roles. 

Role 1 : VISTA Leader at CTC VISTA Project at UMass Boston

This role was a little easier to figure out, since I've got the Project pretty much figured out by now.  In fact, most of these first three weeks have been about helping the Project HQ staff get on the same page and think strategically about where the Project wants to go.  I hosted a little strategic planning retreat at my new apartment in Medford, where we compared assumptions, knowledge of the Project and whittled it all down into some concrete goals and actions for the Project.  Most of the fall will be consumed with populating the new CTC VISTA resource portal and putting the Digest together with Erin.