I don’t know how it took me six weeks of construction, in addition to the full summer of ASP staff that I already have under my belt, to realize this, but I am never going to have another job like being an Appalachia Service Project summer staffer.
I’ve had weeks that have flown by and weeks that have dragged on forever. I’ve shared a lot of victories with my staff, and with ASP as a whole. We’ve also faced a lot of difficulties — and, recently, a week where a lot of difficulties happened all at once.
I’ve missed home. I’ve missed vacations, birthday parties, graduation parties, my dog and my girlfriend (not necessarily in that order). This summer’s been tough on my anxiety.
But I wouldn’t trade the experience of an ASP summer.