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  • Back in 2006, I was unemployed and uninspired. I sat around all summer playing video games and house sitting for friends, by the Fall, I was tired of doing nothing; nothing good for myself and nothing good for the world. One day, my mom turned me on to the possibility of joining AmeriCorps. It seemed like the perfect thing to get me out of my rut. I applied and started up in January 2007. I worked for the Thurston County Trail Crew, working and maintaining forests, campgrounds, hiking trails, and natural areas in the area. I gained a great sense of pride and responsibility working in a public service position. It was always wonderful to see the public enjoying the places we worked so hard to keep nice. The work was only half the benefit of working on the crew though. I met some wonderful friends throughout my year on the crew. Even though I busted my butt everyday, I always came home tired and pleased. Joining the crew was one of the best things I ever did for myself and turned my life in a direction of community service and helping others. Since then I've gone on to do many great things I am very proud of. Working hard when I was young has made me happy to work hard as an adult.
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