New Kid on the Block
Interviews are supposed to make you nervous, especially the ones for jobs you feel were tailored for you. When you throw in a three and a half hour drive through a torrential downpour to a place you have never been, more nerves surface than ever before. As I traversed the stairs that were parading as a waterfall the day I arrived at OA I felt more comfortable than I thought possible, these were people like me. People who love working with kids, people who love being outdoors, and people who welcome you with a hug, not a handshake. I had found what I was searching for.
A wonderful interview, well what I thought was wonderful, was followed by a soggy tour of the grounds and me trying to keep my excitement to a minimum as to not appear too strange. Eventually I got that fateful call inviting me to be a part of the Outdoor Academy team. Wait. Can this be real? The whirlwind began and before I knew it I was moved into a house and was walking into a room filled with other OA employees. Intimidation…is what most people would feel, but no, everyone was beyond friendly and welcoming. How did I get this lucky is all I could keep asking myself.
Coming to a new place, not knowing a single person, and starting a new job can be overwhelming and stressful but I have not yet experienced those feelings. That is what makes OA such a special place, it is filled with genuinely caring, kind, thoughtful people who will do anything they can to help anyone in need and welcome you with open arms.